Four Israeli missiles slammed into a refrigerated warehouse where farm workers were loading vegetables near the Lebanon-Syria border on Friday, killing at least 33 people, a Lebanese civil defense official said.
At least 17 other workers were injured in the attack, and some were likely buried under the rubble, said Ali Yaghi, a Lebanese civil defense official at the scene. Some of the workers were killed by flying rocks and shrapnel after the missiles struck, Yaghi conveyed.
Yaghi said civilian pickup trucks were dispatched to haul the bodies, as well as the wounded, to Syrian city of Homs, because roads toward hospitals in Lebanon had been cut off by Israeli air earlier Friday.
The agricultural site was run by a Lebanese company, and employed some 60 workers. The strike took place near the town of al-Qaa, about 10 kilometers from Hermel, a Hizbullah stronghold that has been hit by Israeli airstrikes at least three times.
In Israel, three people were killed as Hizbullah fired more than 135 Katyusha rockets into northern Israel on Friday afternoon. A 27-year-old mother of two named Manal Azam was killed in the Arab village of Maghar, near Tiberias, when a rocket hit an adjacent apartment. Her children sustained light wounds.
Two persons were killed and several others were injured when a rocket hit a restaurant in the Israeli Arab town of Majd al Krum.
A Kiryat Shmona resident was critically wounded in a rocket strike on the town.
Friday's fatalities bring the number of people killed in Katyusha strikes since July 12 to 30. Eight others were wounded in the rocket strikes.
Also Friday, two Israeli soldiers were killed in clashes with Hizbullah in southern Lebanon.