updated 7/15/2006 12:59:21 PM ET 2006-07-15T16:59:21

Twelve Egyptian sailors were on board a Cambodian merchant ship sunk in a Hezbollah missile strike, an Israeli naval official said Saturday.

The Egyptian sailors survived the attack and were collected from the water by other passing ships, Brig. Gen. Noam Fieg said. The Cambodian ship was hit late Friday when it was about 60 kilometers from the Lebanese shore, Fieg added. Hezbollah was targeting Israeli warships off the Lebanese shore, one of which was hit in the missile attack, when the Cambodian ship was struck.

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