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Israelis missing after naval raid
Israel's military says four servicemen are missing after one of its vessels off the Lebanese coast was struck by a missile fired by Hezbollah militants.
The ship caught fire after it was hit by either a rocket or explosives-laden drone, the military said.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah had earlier promised "open war" on Israel in an address broadcast after his Beirut offices were bombed.
Israel has struck inside Lebanon after Hezbollah captured two Israeli troops.
More than 60 Lebanese have been killed in the offensive.
Hezbollah has not yet confirmed it attacked the warship but in his address Sheikh Nasrallah said: "Look at the warship that has attacked Beirut, while it burns and sinks before your very eyes."
The Israeli military said a civilian vessel was also hit by rockets during the attack but could not confirm its nationality or if there were casualties.
The Israeli vessel has been towed back to the port of Haifa.
An Israeli spokeswoman said: "During a navy operation off the Lebanese coast a missile ship was hit and we have four crew members missing.
"At the moment there are all kinds of operations under way to find them."
The naval incident took place after Israel had launched a number of attacks on Beirut and on Lebanese infrastructure in and outside the capital.
The road to Damascus was hit and Beirut's airport was again targeted on Friday.
Targets in southern Beirut around Hezbollah's headquarters were bombed.
Sheikh Nasrallah was not hurt in the attacks and later said in his broadcast: "You wanted an open war and we are ready for an open war."
He said Haifa would come under attack, "and believe me, even beyond Haifa".
"Our homes will not be the only ones to be destroyed, our children will not be the only ones to die," he said.
Hezbollah has continued rocket attacks on northern Israel - 70 were fired on Friday alone.