Canada's foreign ministry says seven Canadian citizens have been killed by Israeli air strikes in Lebanon and three other Canadians have been wounded.

On Sunday, Israeli forces hit the house where the Canadians were staying in southern Lebanon, near the Israeli border.

Earlier, Canadian foreign minister Peter MacKay said eight Canadians had died in Lebanon, but a spokesperson, citing updated information, late Sunday revised the number to seven.

Lebanese police said at least five of the Canadians were from the same family. News reports said the family was vacationing in Lebanon.

The Israeli Army issued a statement saying it had warned civilians to get out of the area because it was used by Hezbollah to fire missiles into Israel.

The statement said responsibility for the deaths rests entirely with Hezbollah.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.