Israel attacks Beirut's suburbs

Israel attacks Beirut's suburbs
Israel attacks Beirut's suburbs

Four civilians were killed and 10 wounded in the airstrikes on bridges north of Beirut early morning, the Lebanese Red Cross said. A Lebanese soldier was killed and two other soldiers were wounded along with four civilians in air raids near Beirut airport and the southern suburbs of the capital overnight, security officials and witnesses said.

South Beirut has been attacked repeatedly by Israeli warplanes since fighting began July 12. It is predominantly Shiite Muslim and largely controlled by Hezbollah guerrillas, according to the AP.

The strikes could be part of Israel's attempt to pressure the Lebanese government into accepting its conditions for ending the fighting by cutting off Lebanese regions.