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Israel ratcheted up its fight against Hezbollah on Thursday, beginning operations aimed at the heart of Beirut, dropping warning leaflets and taking control of a largely Christian southern Lebanese town.
The Israel Defense Forces targeted sites in Beirut proper, hitting a lighthouse used as a cell phone communications tower, said CNN's Jim Clancy from the scene
The Israeli military also dropped leaflets in Beirut, warning of expanded operations inside the capital and urging people in southern Shiite neighborhoods to evacuate.
Also receiving warning leaflets from Israel were northern Lebanese towns including El Beddaoui. Those leaflets warned that Israel will target any type of truck moving along the coastal road. "Be aware that anybody using pick-ups or trucks puts his life in danger," one leaflet warned.
North of Beirut, three Israeli rockets launched from the sea also hit three state radio towers, Lebanese police said. Those towers already have been targets of attacks during the conflict.
By afternoon, Hezbollah had sent 136 rockets into northern Israel Thursday, killing 2 people, police said.