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At Least 35 Civilians Killed in Israeli Strikes in Lebanon

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Lebanese officials say Israeli airstrikes have killed at least 35 civilians, as Israeli warplanes pounded Lebanon in the campaign against Hezbollah guerrillas.

In eastern Lebanon, witnesses say Israel fired at least three missiles near the Syrian border, killing at least 28 farm workers loading vegetables onto a truck. Officials said most of the dead were Syrian Kurds.

Lebanese officials also say an Israeli airstrike on a southern village killed seven civilians and wounded another 10.

The Israeli army has confirmed that three of its soldiers died today during fierce fighting in a village Markabe in southern Lebanon.

Israeli police said Hezbollah rockets hit near the town of Hadera today (Friday) , 80 kilometers south of Lebanon, reaching further than ever before. There were no reported casualties. Earlier today, three Israelis died in Hezbollah rocket attacks.

Thousands of Israeli ground troops are fighting Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon in a push to create a buffer zone.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has threatened to fire rockets at Tel Aviv if Israel attacks Beirut's center. He also said Hezbollah would stop firing rockets if Israel stops attacking Lebanese towns.

Lebanon's prime minister said Thursday the three-week conflict has killed more than 900 people in his country. At least 30 Israelis have been killed by Hezbollah rockets since the fighting began.

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