One soldier killed, three wounded by Israeli shelling in Odaisseh
A Lebanese soldier was killed Tuesday and three others were injured by Israeli shelling that targeted their position on the al-Awayda Hill in the southern town of Odaisseh, as Hezbollah and Israel traded cross-border fire.
"An army military position in the Odaisseh area was bombarded by the Israeli enemy, leaving one soldier martyred and three others injured," the Lebanese army said in a statement.
The soldier's death by Israeli fire is the first such death since cross-border hostilities began in October. The cross-border exchanges have killed 109 people in Lebanon, at least 77 of them Hezbollah fighters and 14 civilians.
On Tuesday, Hezbollah targeted several Israeli posts including al-Assi post and groups of soldiers in al-Taihat and Khallet Warde. The group also targeted Bayyad Blida, Dhaira, Jal al-Alam, and the Zebdine post in the occupied Shebaa farms.
Hezbollah said all targets were direct hits and inflicted casualties. The group later announced that it attacked the Metulla Israeli post with an attack drone as Israeli reports said several rockets landed in the Kiryat Shmona settlement.
The Israeli army for its part bombed several border towns in south Lebanon including Mays al-Jabal, Blida, Houla, Mhaibib, Aitaroun, Aita al-Shaab, al-Naqoura, Ramia, Tayr Harfa, Alma al-Shaab, Kfarkela and al-Jebbayn.
Since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7, the frontier between Lebanon and Israel has seen intensifying exchanges of fire, mainly between Israel and Hezbollah, but also Palestinian groups, raising fears of a broader conflagration.
A week-long cease-fire that ended Friday brought a temporary halt to the daily exchanges of fire but clashes renewed in south Lebanon after the truce between Israel and Hamas ended.
More than 110 people have been killed on the Lebanese side, mostly Hezbollah fighters and more than a dozen civilians, according to an AFP tally, since fighting began in October.
On October 9, Israeli shelling slightly injured a Lebanese officer.
On the Israeli side, six soldiers and three civilians have been killed, Israeli authorities have said.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission says its headquarters in Lebanon's south has been hit by shelling several times.
Hezbollah has not had a visible military presence on Lebanon's southern border since the end of a 2006 conflict with Israel, but says it resumed activities in support of Hamas following its attack on Israel on October 7.
U.N. peacekeepers are present on the border as part of the U.N. Security Council Resolution which ended the 2006 war.