Israel Strikes Hezbollah Targets

Israeli fighter jets rocketed Hezbollah targets in Lebanon on Thursday, hours before the first meeting of the five-nation group formed to monitor the U.S.-brokered cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah.

Israeli planes hit Hezbollah targets in eastern Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in two pre-dawn strikes.

There was no immediate report of casualties in the air attacks, which came after Hezbollah gunmen killed an Israeli soldier, Staff Sgt. Aslan Tehauhu, in the security zone earlier this week.

The monitoring committee devoted its first meeting in the southern Lebanon town of Nakoura to planning how it would operate.

The group, which has representatives from the United States, France, Israel, Syria and Lebanon, will deal with violations of the April 27 cease-fire that ended 16 days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.

The cease-fire bars either side from launching attacks on or from civilian areas on either side of Israel’s northern border, but it does not prevent fighting within the security zone.

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