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Indian man killed in Israel after Lebanon fires anti-tank missile

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Indian man killed, two others injured in Israel after Lebanon fires anti-tank missile

A picture taken from northern Israel, along the border with southern Lebanon, shows smoke billowing following Israeli bombardment on the Lebanese village of Markaba. (AFP photo)

NEW DELHI: An Indian national was killed on Monday when an anti-tank missile struck an orchard near Israel’s northern border of Margaliot. At least two others were injured when the missile was fired from Lebanon, officials said.
According to Zaki Heller, spokesperson for rescue services Magen David Adom (MDA), the missile hit a plantation in Margaliot in the Galigee region of northern Israel around 11am on Monday.

Patnibin Maxwell

from Kollam in Kerala was killed in the attack. His mortal remains were identified in Ziv hospital,” official sources said.
Bush Joseph George

and

Paul Melvin

, also from Kerala, sustained injuries and are undergoing treatment in different hospitals, they said.

“George was taken to the Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva after suffering injuries on face and body. He underwent a surgery and has been kept under observation. He could speak with his family in India,” an official source told PTI.
Melvin, who hails from Kerala’s Idukki district, is underdoing treatment at Ziv Hospital in the northern Israeli city of Safed.
The attack is believed to have been carried out by the Shi’ite Hezbollah faction in Lebanon, which has been launching rockets, missiles, and drones at northern Israel daily since October 8 in support of Hamas amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip.

MDA said seven foreign workers were injured altogether in the attack, two of them seriously, and were taken to Beilinson, Rambam, and Ziv hospitals in their ambulances and Israeli Air Force helicopters.
Israel Defence Forces (IDF) on Monday said they responded by shelling the launch site with artillery.
The IDF also said it struck a Hezbollah compound where members of the group were gathered in the southern Lebanon town of Chihine, and another site belonging to Hezbollah in Ayta ash-Shab.
Hezbollah has been launching attacks on Israel’s northern communities and military posts since October 8 saying it is doing so to support Gaza.
The skirmishes between Israel and Hezbollah have resulted in the death of seven civilians and 10 IDF soldiers on the Israeli side.
Hezbollah has named 229 members who have been killed by Israel during recent flare ups. Most of the casualties on the Hezbollah side happened in Lebanon but also some in Syria.
Another 37 operatives from other groups, a Lebanese soldier, and at least 30 civilians have also been killed since October 8.
– With agency inputs

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