QANA, Lebanon, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The initial estimate of 54 casualties from the Israeli airstrike on the Lebanese city of Qana has been adjusted to 28 people, including 16 children, dead.
A release from the Human Rights Watch has said the death toll has been confirmed and 13 missing people are feared buried in the wreckage of the three-story building destroyed in Sunday's bombing.
Witnesses of the airstrike said many people were evacuated from the building before its collapse and that no Hezbollah fighters were in the area prior to the attack.
The Israeli government originally justified the airstrike on the Lebanese city by stating Hezbollah military was launching rockets into Israel, but a top Israeli military official has since said the country had no information that such an incident took place.
"The deaths in Qana were the predictable result of Israel's indiscriminate bombing campaign in Lebanon," area Human Rights Watch Director Sarah Leah Whitson said. "Only an impartial international investigation can find out what really took place."