Lebanese officials:death toll rises to 263

JERUSALEM (CNN) — Israeli strikes have killed at least 263 people and wounded at least 624 in Lebanon since July 12, according to official Lebanese sources.

But in a speech to diplomats in Beirut Wednesday, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said the death toll was more than 300 and put the number of wounded at about 1,000.

Hezbollah attacks have killed 15 civilians and 19 soldiers in Israel and wounded more than 300 people, the Israel Defense Force said.

Fighting in the region has been on-going for the past 10 days following the abduction of two soldiers — Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regevby — by Hezbollah guerillas. (Posted 3:56 a.m.)

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