One killed, four injured in Israeli air strikes on Lebanon's Bekaa valley

One killed, four injured in Israeli air strikes on Lebanon's Bekaa valley
Israeli air strikes have killed a Syrian man and wounded four Lebanese residents in the Bekaa valley region
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Israel has targeted several regions in Lebanon throughout its offensive in Gaza, killing over 300 and injuring scores more [Getty/file photo]

An Israeli strike on a car near the Syrian border killed a man Sunday, a security source said, after overnight fire wounded four people in Lebanon's east, according to an AFP correspondent.

But fears have surged of an all-out conflict in recent weeks, with Israel launching air strikes deeper into eastern Lebanon, targeting Hezbollah strongholds in the Bekaa valley area several times.

"Israeli fighter jets targeted a vehicle in the eastern Bekaa area of Suwairi, killing its Syrian driver," a security source told AFP, requesting anonymity for security concerns.

Earlier on Sunday, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency had said a strike on a vehicle in Suwairi injured the driver, before reporting that he had been killed.

The NNA said he had been delivering food in a car that belonged to a supermarket owner.

Earlier on Sunday, an AFP correspondent said that four people were wounded by Israeli air strikes near Lebanon's eastern city of Baalbek overnight, one of which hit a two-storey building, a

Israel and Hezbollah have been exchanging near-daily cross-border fire since the deadly Gaza war , which has killed more than 32,000 Palestinians, erupted in October.

The Israeli military said in a statement that fighter jets "struck a Hezbollah manufacturing site containing weapons in the area of Baalbek".

The correspondent said the Israeli strikes targeted a Hezbollah centre that had been deserted for some time, wounding four residents in nearby buildings.

"The Israeli air force fired five missiles at a two-storey inhabited building in Al-Osseira, on the outskirts of Baalbek," he said.

Hezbollah said it fired "more than 60 Katyusha-type rockets" at two Israeli military positions in the occupied Golan Heights in response to the Israeli strikes.

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The strike at Al-Osseira, some 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the Israeli-Lebanese border, ended a period of relative calm that had lasted around 10 days.

Hezbollah began clashing with Israeli forces on October 8, a day after the surprise Hamas attack on southern Israel which began the current Gaza war. It said on Saturday it had carried out several more strikes.

It says it will only end its attacks on Israel if there is a ceasefire in Gaza.

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant warned in February that a possible truce in Gaza would not affect Israel's "objective" of pushing Hezbollah back from its northern border, by force or diplomacy.

At least 323 people have been killed in Lebanon, most of them Hezbollah fighters, but also at least 56 civilians including elderly women and children, according to an AFP count.

The exchange of fire, which was initially confined to areas close to the border, has also displaced tens of thousands in southern Lebanon.