Four members of a Lebanese journalist’s family, including three children, were killed today by an Israeli strike while they were riding in a car traveling on a road in southern Lebanon, according to the official Lebanese News Agency (ANI).
The victims are the sister of journalist Samir Ayoub, a local radio correspondent, and her three grandchildren, aged 14, 12 and 10, ANI reported.
The journalist, who was driving his car, was injured. His family members followed him in a second car.
The area on the border between Lebanon and Israel has been the scene of frequent exchanges of fire mainly between the Israeli army and pro-Iranian Hezbollah since October 7, when war broke out between Israel and Hamas following the Palestinian Islamist movement’s deadly attack on Israeli soil.
This morning, four rescuers were injured in an Israeli shelling of two ambulances belonging to a local club, according to the club and the ANI news agency.
On October 13, a Reuters journalist, Issam Abdallah, was killed and six others, including two from Agence France-Presse, were injured while covering the violence in southern Lebanon. Lebanese authorities had blamed Israel.
Since October 7, 81 people have been killed on the Lebanese side, according to an AFP tally, including 59 Hezbollah fighters and at least 11 civilians. Six soldiers and one civilian have been killed on the Israeli side, according to authorities.