Israel carried out air raids across Lebanon Monday, as its defense minister said he has ordered the Israeli army to be ready for a major war.
Warplanes pounded suspected Hezbollah positions in south Beirut, as well as targets in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and in the south of the country.
The attacks killed at least 49 people.
Israel says three of its soldiers died in ground fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas around the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbail.
The Israeli army says it declared an indefinite curfew on the movement of vehicles in Lebanon south of the Litani River, beginning Monday night. Israel warned Lebanese civilians south of the river to remain indoors overnight.
Israel also says it shot down a suspected Hezbollah drone over Israeli territory.
Israeli defense minister Amir Peretz says troops will broaden their offensive in Lebanon against Hezbollah guerrillas if diplomatic efforts to end the fighting fail to make progress.
Also, Hezbollah fired another barrage of rockets into northern Israel, wounding several civilians
And Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora revised the death toll from an Israeli airstrike on the border village of Houla, saying only one person died instead of 40.