Israel renews attacks in south Lebanon

Israeli jets fired missiles at a four-story building that housed a construction company believed owned by a Hezbollah activist, reducing it to rubble, at about 8:30 a.m. (0530 GMT) in the village of Kfar Jouz, the officials said.

Hussam Abu Shamet, a Jordanian in a nearby house, was killed by missile shrapnel, and four children of Lebanese journalist Ali Dawoud, who also lives nearby, were wounded by flying glass and taken to the hospital, the officials said.

Security officials said a Lebanese couple in a shelter also were killed when a missile struck another building in the area, with the impact from the blast collapsing their hideout on top of them.

The bodies of Hussein Basma and his wife, Anissa Atawi, were retrieved by civil defense personnel from under the rubble of the destroyed three-story building hours after the missile attack. It was not known if they had any children kept elsewhere.

Five other people, including three Syrians, were wounded in the series of strikes on the village.

Israeli jets destroyed an empty three-story building nearby, but no casualties were reported in that attack, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to make statements to the media.

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