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Israel says it will resume full air raids in Lebanon early on Wednesday, at the end of a partial, 48-hour suspension.
Israel's security cabinet early on Tuesday approved a military ground sweep of 6-7 km into southern Lebanon but not the taking of all territory up to the Litani, political sources said.
Israeli forces thrust into southern Lebanon on Tuesday and pounded towns and villages, meeting fierce resistance from Hezbollah fighters who reportedly killed three soldiers.
Shahur said thousands of Israeli troops were fighting Hezbollah fighters on several fronts inside south Lebanon.