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Israeli strike kills 33 farm workers

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- An Israeli airstrike killed at least 33 farm workers Friday as they loaded peaches and plums on trucks on a farm in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

Most of the dead were believed to be Syrian Kurds, The Independent reported.

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Also Friday, warplanes pounded areas around Beirut, demolishing three bridges to the north and one linking the city to the south. The raids left the Lebanese capital even more isolated from the rest of the world and cut its last link to Syria.

The Lebanese Red Cross said at least four civilians were killed in Israel's first major strikes on a Christian area to the north of Beirut, the Arutz Sheva online media network reported.

A Lebanese soldier died in a strike on an army base, and three people died when a building collapsed in the Dahiyeh neighborhood, a Hezbollah stronghold in South Beirut.

Israeli missiles also damaged a power plant that provides most of the electricity in southern Lebanon and the western Bekaa valley.

The bombing defied a warning from Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, that Tel Aviv would be hit by rocket fire if Beirut is bombed again.

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