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  EU fails to agree on immediate Mideast ceasefire  august.1.2006

                  Israel plans deeper push into Lebanon  AUGUST.1.2006                    

           Mideast war rages with no end in sight AUGUST.3.2006                      

                        HEZBOLLAH CHIEF THREATEN      JULY.30.2006                          

  Lebanon Hospitals Decry Medicine Shortage july.29.2006     

                   Rice says "time for ceasefire  JULY.30..2006                               

   The massacre at Qana will not go unanswered                   

     Israel rejects truce, Hezbollah defiant as Rice returns  JULY.29.2006 

                              Hezbollah fighters kill 9 Israeli troops july.27.2006   


               THE KILLING'S KEEP GOING ON -  people by Israeli JETS JULY.25.2006           

                  U.S., others fail to agree on cease-fire july.25.2006 

Israeli says Several more weeks' of attacks   july.25.2006  NOT GOOD                         

Hezbollah guerrillas battle Israeli troops   july.25.2006                                                

Israeli tanks move back into north Gaza july.25.2006                                                

Sectarian divisions deepening in Lebanon  LINK RIGHT HERE     JULY.25.2006    


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Israel-Lebanon cease-fire goes into effect  AUGUST.14.2006


JERUSALEM -  Israel halted its offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas as a U.N. imposed cease-fire went into effect Monday after a month of warfare that killed more than 900 people, devastated much of south Lebanon and forced hundreds of thousands of Israelis into bomb shelters. A half hour after the ceasefire took hold, Israeli warplanes  a regular fixture in Lebanese skies during the month long war  were absent across huge swaths of the country, including the Bekaa Valley, where air strikes hit about an hour before. Thousands of cars packed with luggage and some with mattresses strapped to the roof jammed the bombed out Zahrani highway linking the southern cities of Nabatiyeh, Tyre and Sidon, as Lebanese troops scrambled to repair roads in time for the deluge of refugees returning home. Hundreds of refugees camped out in a Beirut park packed up their belongings to return to the city's southern suburbs. There were no immediate reports of Hezbollah rockets being fired into Israel, a day after it fired more than 250 rockets, the worst daily barrage since fighting started July 12. Some exhausted Israeli forces pulled out of southern Lebanon early Monday, but were being replaced by fresh troops, and the army said there will be no immediate withdrawal from positions seized in the last few days. The army said in a statement the military was told not to initiate any action after 8 a.m. (11:00PM PST SUNDAY NIGHT) Monday, but "the forces will do everything to prevent being hit. In the final hours before the truce, however, Israeli warplanes struck a Hezbollah stronghold in eastern Lebanon and a Palestinian refugee camp in the south, killing two people, and Israeli artillery pounded targets across the border through the night. The air strikes continued until 15 minutes before the truce went into force, destroying an antenna for Hezbollah's Al Manar television southeast of Beirut. The cease-fire was passed by the U.N. Security Council on Friday and approved by the Israeli and Lebanese governments. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah also signaled his acceptance. But Isaac Herzog, a senior minister in the Israeli Cabinet, said it was unlikely all fighting would be silenced immediately. "Experience teaches us that after that a process begins of phased relaxation," in the fighting, he said. Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres also said Israel was uncertain the truce would hold. "I believe that it has a chance. I can't say for certain," he said moments before it took effect. Implementation of the hard-won agreement already was in question Sunday night when the Lebanese Cabinet indefinitely postponed a crucial meeting dealing with plans to send 15,000 soldiers to police Hezbollah's stronghold in southern Lebanon. Lebanese media reported that the Cabinet, which approved the cease-fire plan unanimously Saturday, was sharply divided over demands that Hezbollah surrender its weapons in the south. That disagreement was believed to have led to the cancellation of Sunday's meeting. Lebanese leaders made no public comments. The deployment of the Lebanese army along Israel's border, with an equal number of U.N. peacekeepers, was a cornerstone of the cease-fire resolution passed Friday by the U.N. Security Council. The forces are supposed to keep Hezbollah fighters out of an 18-mile-wide zone between the border and Lebanon's Litani River. Officials said Israeli troops would begin leaving southern Lebanon as soon as the Lebanese army and the international force started to deploy in the area. But the military will maintain its air and sea blockade of Lebanon to prevent arms from reaching Hezbollah guerrillas, a military official said. France and Italy, along with predominantly Muslim Turkey and Malaysia, signaled willingness Saturday to contribute troops to the peacekeeping force, but consultations are still needed to hammer out the force's makeup and mandate and it was uncertain when it would be in place.  Earlier Monday before the cease-fire, Israeli warplanes attacked a village in eastern Lebanon and the edge of a Palestinian refugee camp, leaving two people dead and nine wounded, security officials said.  One of the raids hit an office of the pro-Syrian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General-Command just outside a refugee camp in the southern city of Sidon. One person was killed and three civilians who live near the office were wounded, security officials said.  Israeli missiles also slammed into a minibus on the outskirts of the Hezbollah stronghold of Baalbek, killing one policeman and wounding six Lebanese soldiers, security officials said.  The Israeli military also dropped leaflets on central Beirut early Monday, warning it would retaliate for any attack launched against it from Lebanon. One leaflet said Hezbollah serves the interests of its Iranian and Syrian patrons and has "brought destruction, Lebanon against the State of Israel. Addressed to Lebanon's citizens, it said, "Will you be able to pay this price again?"  Some of the 30,000 Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon fought fierce battles with guerrillas Sunday before the cease-fire went into effect. Israel's army said seven soldiers were killed, a day after 24 died in the highest single-day death toll for the army since the conflict began. Hezbollah reported one of its fighters killed, but did not say when. Israeli jets pounded a Hezbollah stronghold in south Beirut with at least 23 missiles, most coming in a two-minute period Sunday.  photographer who reached the area saw the body of a child being removed from the wreckage. TV pictures showed heavy damage appearing to stretch for several hundred yards in all directions in the neighborhood of medium-rise apartment buildings.  Jets also attacked gas stations in the southern port city of Tyre on Sunday, killing at least 15 people, Lebanese officials said.  Two Israeli air raids on houses in the eastern village of Brital killed at least eight people and wounded nearly two dozen, civil defense official Ali Shukur said. More people were feared trapped under the rubble, he said. Hezbollah fired 250 rockets Sunday, killing an Israeli man and wounding 53 people, rescue officials said. Cars were set afire in the northern city of Haifa.  Israeli officials appealed to residents of the north who fled the rockets not to return before the government determined the situation was safe.  As the fighting persisted, Israel's Cabinet held a stormy debate on the cease-fire, with minister Ophir Pines-Paz criticizing the government's decision to expand its ground offensive ahead of the truce. The Cabinet eventually approved the agreement 24-0, with one abstention. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the cease fire agreement would ensure that "Hezbollah won't continue to exist as a state within a state. In addition to authorizing the beefed-up international force in southern Lebanon, the Security Council resolution calls for the Lebanese government to be the only armed force in the country, meaning Hezbollah would have to be disarmed. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said the agreement, if implemented, "will lead to a significant change in the rules of the game in Lebanon. "I'm not naïve I live in the Middle East, and I know that sometimes not every decision is implemented. I'm aware of the difficulties. Yet with this I say with full confidence that the Security Council decision is good for Israel," she said.  Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, said Saturday that his guerrillas would abide by the cease-fire resolution, but warned it was "our natural right" to fight any Israeli troops remaining in Lebanon.  The fighting erupted July 12 when Hezbollah guerrillas attacked an army patrol inside Israel, killing three soldiers and capturing two others. Five more Israelis were killed later in the day trying to rescue their comrades.  Israel then launched an air and ground offensive, and 4 1/2 weeks of combat has killed at least 789 people in Lebanon mostly civilians_ and 154 Israelis, including 115 soldiers.  Among the dead soldiers this weekend was Staff Sgt. Uri Grossman, the 20 year old son of renowned Israeli novelist and peace activist David Grossman. He was killed by an anti-tank missile Saturday, the army said Sunday.  Livni said Israel would not stop trying to win the captured soldiers' release, but would not accept a link between their freedom and Hezbollah's demands that Israel free Lebanese prisoners.






Lebanon truce opens way to aid, returning refugees AUGUST.14.2006




BEIRUT  - Aid began flowing into south Lebanon on Monday hours after a U.N.-brokered ceasefire came into effect to end a conflict that killed over 1,200 people and drove almost one million from their homes. The U.N.'s World Food Programme sent 24 trucks of food, medicine and shelter material to the southern port of Tyre and other aid groups prepared to help tens of thousands of refugees expected to head south in the next few days. We're now nearly two hours into the ceasefire. We have no reports of any incidents so we are cautiously optimistic, said WFP spokesman Robin Lodge. The Israeli army said it would maintain a ban on unauthorised traffic south of the Litani river to prevent movement of Hizbollah gunmen and that anyone found on the road risked attack. It also said it would not lift an air and sea blockade on Lebanon, but the WFP said the ceasefire meant aid would now be allowed to flow freely by land and sea. With the ceasefire in place, there can no longer be any no go areas in Lebanon,  said David Shearer, U.N. Humanitarian coordinator in Lebanon. OPENING ROADS The WFP said it would soon send food, shelter material and other supplies south by ship and set up a base at Tyre, which was cut off from the north a week ago when Israel bombed the last main bridge over the narrow, rocky Litani. It said U.N. peacekeepers were rebuilding the crossing and Lebanese security forces were clearing roads to swiftly bring aid to the 100,000 people believed trapped south of the river. Relief agency Mercy Corps said it was preparing to send food in bulk  bags of rice, flour and tinned goods to Nabatiyeh, just north of the Litani, in anticipation of a huge influx of returnees. If they do return they are going to need a significant increase in food stocks," said Mercy Corps senior information officer Cassandra Nelson. The UNHCR refugee agency believes around a third of the 750,000 displaced who have taken shelter with host families and in schools and public buildings in northern Lebanon will return within days if the ceasefire holds.





Hezbollah leader a hero to many Arabs AUGUST.14.2006


BEIRUT, Lebanon   Despite the terrible toll in death and destruction in Lebanon, even enemies and critics say the stature of Hezbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, has risen dramatically from his guerrillas fighting toe to toe with the Israeli army. Some have even taken to comparing the radical Shiite Muslim cleric to the late Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, who enjoyed wide popularity in the Middle East for standing up to the West and pushing for Arab unity. Hassan Nasrallah has won militarily and politically and has become a new leader like Nasser," Lebanese lawmaker Walid Jumblatt, a harsh critic of Hezbollah's alliance with Iran and Syria, said in a television interview .Hezbollah was already popular among Lebanon's 1.2 million Shiites, mainly from the armed struggle that led Israel to end an 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon but also because of the group's network of social services and charities for the poor. Now, Israel's ferocious bombing has rallied many more Lebanese around Hezbollah, regardless of politics or religion, said Gen. Antoine Lahd, who led a now defunct militia that helped Israeli troops police the occupation zone before they withdrew six years ago. Beirut's leading newspaper, An Nahar, has long been critical of Hezbollah  especially its harassing rocket attacks on Israel before the war began  but it urged all Lebanese to stand behind Nasrallah's group to achieve victory against the Jewish state. When we look around we find in this battle two commanders: On the battlefield Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, and on the political and diplomatic front Prime Minister Fuad Saniora," An Nahar executive editor Edmond Saab wrote. Ironically, Saniora   a staunch foe of Syria, which along with Iran is a strong supporter of Hezbollah  also has seen his fortunes rise at home, for getting Lebanon's fractious politicians to work together and for resisting U.S. pressure to accept a truce more favorable to Israel. But in the wider world, it is Nasrallah's popularity that has shot up, among both his fellow Shiites and among Sunnis in the Middle East and with Muslims elsewhere. Arab Americans rallied outside the White House on Saturday waving Lebanese flags and chanting "Israel get out of Lebanon now." Earlier in the week in Moscow, Muslims carried a big picture of Nasrallah and waved Hezbollah flags outside the Israeli embassy.  Some of the fiercest sentiment in support of the militant Shiite cleric has erupted during anti-Israel and anti-U.S. protests in predominantly Sunni countries like Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait  all key U.S. allies in the region. Demonstrators have voiced outrage at their leaders for failing to back Hezbollah and Lebanon. Arab majesties, excellencies and highnesses, we spit on you," read one banner at near daily rallies in Cairo that have lashed out at Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for what is seen as his failure to support Nasrallah and his fighters. A delegation of Egyptian intellectuals, actors and artists visited Beirut last week to show solidarity with Lebanon and express support for Hezbollah. "The resistance (Hezbollah) will stay and the occupation will go," said Hussein Fahmi, one of Egypt's leading actors. Protests have even broken out among the normally quiet Shiite minority in Saudi Arabia, where demonstrations are rare though the demonstrators have been cautious not to criticize the ruling family, which initially was highly critical of Hezbollah for its July 12 raid inside Israel that killed eight soldiers and captured two. In Kuwait, thousands of people have taken to the streets in several demonstrations two in front of the U.S. Embassy  to protest the Israeli offensive. Protesters held Nasrallah posters and Hezbollah's yellow flags and burned American and Israeli flags. Abdul Mohsen Jamal, a Shiite former lawmaker and columnist, wrote in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas on Saturday that even though Nasrallah had no military training "he succeeded in making the army of Israel a 'joke' for the world to laugh at."





the kid see this photo lose borth logs after beimg hit by israel and the guy see from the red cross worker losee one his peers after he was killed by israel with 6 others  


Israel to halt war in Lebanon on Monday August.12.2006


BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel will halt its war in Lebanon at 7 a.m. Monday (midnight EDT Sunday night), a senior Israeli government official said Saturday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly on the sensitive matter. Israel's Cabinet was to endorse the U.N. cease-fire resolution later Sunday. Israeli helicopters, meanwhile, flew hundreds of commandos into the Hezbollah heartland, and some army units reached the Litani River on Saturday as both sides indicated they would accept the U.N. cease-fire plan to stop heavy fighting still raging in southern Lebanon. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday that she hoped the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas would end in  a day or so. In an interview with Israel Television, Rice said that U.N. Secretary General  Kofi Annan "is working with the parties to establish a timetable for the cease fire  but I would hope that within no more than a day or so that there would be a cessation of the hostilities on the ground. Rice also said she believes that the cease-fire deal enhances Israel's security. The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday seeking a "full cessation" of violence between Israel and Hezbollah, offering the region its best chance yet for peace after a month of fighting that has killed nearly 900 people. The resolution, adopted unanimously, authorizes 15,000 U.N. peacekeepers to help Lebanese troops take control of south Lebanon as Israeli forces that have occupied the area withdraw.






Israel pushes deeper into Lebanon despite U.N. vote  August.12.2006


BEIRUT  - Israeli forces thrust deeper into Lebanon against fierce Hizbollah resistance on Saturday and air strikes killed up to 20 people, hours after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution to end the month old war After the unanimous council vote on Friday night,  Israel launched an expanded ground offensive in the south, even though Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he backed the resolution. Relief officials said Israel was still denying permission for aid convoys to reach distressed civilians in the south. Israeli troops pushed west to Ghandouriyeh, a village 11 km (7 miles) inside Lebanon, their furthest penetration yet, security sources said. Hizbollah said it ambushed them there. Its statement was a tacit acknowledgement that the Israelis had forced their way through Hizbollah resistance at the village of Qantara, east of Ghandouriyeh. The guerrilla group said it had destroyed seven tanks. The Israeli army said one was hit. Air strikes in the south killed up to 15 people in the village of Rshaf, security sources said, and four civilians were killed when a pickup truck was hit in Kharayeb. One civilian was killed in air raids in the eastern Bekaa Valley. Israeli bombs also hit Beirut's suburbs, roads in the north, electricity pylons near Sidon, the Beirut-Damascus highway and the southern city of Tyre, witnesses and security sources said. The U.N. resolution called for an "immediate cessation of hostilities" and authorized up to 15,000 U.N. troops to move in to enforce a ceasefire. It said Hizbollah must halt all attacks and Israel must stop "all offensive military operations. Lebanon accepted the resolution and officials said the cabinet, which contains two Hizbollah loyalists, would confirm this at a meeting later in the day. The Shi'ite Muslim guerrilla group has made no comment on the U.N. vote. Olmert told  President Bush he supported it and "thanked him for his assistance in keeping Israeli interests in mind at the Security Council," an Israeli official said. Olmert will urge his cabinet to approve the resolution at a meeting on Sunday, but an Israeli official said the army would not stop its Lebanon offensive before Sunday's cabinet session. ROCKET ATTACK Hours before the U.N. vote, Israeli aircraft fired rockets at a convoy of hundreds of civilian cars fleeing the south, killing at least seven people and wounding 36, the Lebanese Red Cross said. Israel said the attack was a mistake. At least 1,061 people in Lebanon and 124 Israelis have been killed in the war that began after Hizbollah guerillas captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid on July 12. Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said the U.N. resolution "vindicates Israel all the way through and says that Hizbollah was the aggressor and that they need to return the abducted soldiers . We achieved all we could from the U.N. The planned U.N. force will monitor the withdrawal of Israeli troops and help the Lebanese army maintain a ceasefire. The resolution stipulates that after fighting stops, Israel must withdraw all its forces from Lebanon at the earliest opportunity, in tandem with a U.N.-Lebanese troop deployment. The text added that to ensure a lasting peace, south Lebanon must be "free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons" other than those of the U.N.-Lebanese forces, implying a Hizbollah withdrawal or disarmament. U.N. Secretary-General  Kofi Annan chastised the council for not acting sooner to halt the conflict and stop civilian suffering, saying this had "badly shaken the world's faith in its authority and integrity. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she did not expect the resolution to end all violence, adding: "The conditions of a lasting peace must be nurtured over time." Aid agencies seeking access to an estimated 100,000 people trapped in the south said the U.N. vote had made no difference. We have not got concurrence from the Israeli army on any convoys at all, north, south or anywhere in the country, said David Orr, spokesman for the U.N. World Food Programme. "Despite the political agreement, we have ground to a halt.The resolution empowers the U.N. force, expected to be led by France, to take "all necessary action" to fulfil its mission. French  President Jacques Chirac urged all parties to halt hostilities immediately. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also welcomed the resolution. This sends out an important signal that the international community is resolved to end the conflict, Merkel said.  






Israeli drone strike on convoy kills 7 August.12.2006


BEIRUT, Lebanon - An Israeli drone fired at a convoy of refugees fleeing southern Lebanon on Friday night, killing at least seven people and wounding 22, an Associated Press photographer said. The Israeli military said it was investigating the incident. Early Saturday, Israeli warplanes struck several targets in north and south Lebanon, killing at least two people and wounding several others in the village of Kharayeb, security officials said, hours after the  U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution calling for an end to the war. Security officials said warplanes destroyed a power station in the southern port city of Sidon. There was no immediate word on casualties. Local media also reported airstrikes in Akkar province, 60 miles north of Beirut, and in Tyre. The attack on the convoy was the most dramatic on a day of fighting Friday that saw Israeli air strikes pound south Beirut and border crossings to  Syria, killing at least 15 others as ground fighting picked up intensity in the south of the country.Hezbollah on Friday sent another barrage of more than 150 rockets toward northern  Israel. Rescue workers said eight people in the port of Haifa were wounded by shrapnel. The ongoing clashes have killed more than 800 people   including at least 741 Lebanese and 123 Israelis. Lutfallah Daher, the photographer, was with the convoy when it was hit near the Bekaa Valley town of Chtaura, about 30 miles north of the Litani River. Israel has said it would attack any vehicle on roads south of the Litani, assuming it was carrying Hezbollah weapons or fighters. The photographer said that when the convoy left the Israeli occupied town of Marjayoun in southern Lebanon, it was made up of more than 600 civilian vehicles in addition to vehicles carrying 350 Lebanese soldiers and police. A few vehicles had left the convoy before it was hit, the photographer said. Daher lives in Marjayoun and was fleeing with his wife in one car. His mother, brother, sister in law and their child were in another car. None was harmed. Two armored U.N. peacekeeping vehicles were to have accompanied the convoy, Daher said, but were not present when Israeli forces in Marjayoun gave the convoy permission to head north. Israeli tanks and infantry took control of Marjayoun on Thursday. Israel's military said no convoys had been coordinated with the army. The region around Marjayoun, a mainly Christian town, was hit by Israeli warplanes and artillery during and after the Israeli advance.



Gaza Strip as bad as Lebanon august.3.2006  we need to do what this people and kids area doing and pray to god

to end this war on kids and people to mary of are peers have be killed in this war we need peace not blood for land are blood for oil god bless every one  


The United Nations has called on world leaders not to forget the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, saying it is at least as serious as that in southern Lebanon. More than 140 people have been killed during Israel's operations there over the past month, many of them civilians. Delivery of food and other essential items has been reduced to a trickle. Thirty aid agencies backed the appeal, and one charity spoke of a sense among aid agencies that Gaza's population was being terrorised. Care International told the  Press Western nations had failed to put pressure on Israel to rein in its actions and that attention was being focused on Lebanon at the expense of the situation in the Gaza Strip. According to the UN, Israel fires around 150 shells into the tiny territory every day in a bid to stop Palestinian militants who fire an average of 10 rockets across the border. Israel says it needs to target civilian areas because that is where militants base themselves but aid organisations say Gaza's population of 1.4 million is living in perpetual fear. Nowhere safe'  Several nights a week the noise of Israeli helicopters vibrates over Gaza followed by the sudden explosion of air strikes. Israel has begun dropping leaflets and leaving telephone messages warning residents not to stay near militant homes but aid organisations say such measures leave people terrified and with nowhere safe to go. The UN is currently sheltering 1,000 people in schools in Gaza. Many others have moved in with relations. Aid agencies are also calling on Israel to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza. One hundred and fifty trucks carrying food and essential supplies are currently crossing the border each day but according to Care International this is only just enough to stop the population from starving. To keep people from being hungry and to restore food security, they say, Israel needs to increase this to 400. Gaza's population is already living in the dark. Since Israel bombed the power station homes are often without clean water or electricity and health officials say they are worried about the possible spread of disease.  On Wednesday UN officials renewed warnings of a humanitarian crisis in the territory, which is suffering food, water and electricity shortages as well as repeated Israeli incursions, air strikes and shelling. Israel says it needs to target civilian areas because that is where Palestinian militants, who regularly fire rockets into Israel, are based and in GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops raided southern Gaza early Thursday, killing at least eight Palestinians, including four militants and an 8-year-old boy, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed ahead with its two-front offensive against Islamic militants.  Israel's Gaza campaign began just over a month ago, with the aim of rescuing a captured Israeli soldier and halting rocket fire. Israel launched a war against Hezbollah militants in Lebanon in mid-July, after guerrillas seized two soldiers and killed three. On Thursday morning, about 50 tanks pushed into an area near the Gaza-Egypt border before dawn, taking up positions near the long-closed Gaza airport, residents and Palestinian security officials said. The forces advanced about five miles, the farthest since the offensive started in late June, blocking a main highway and the eastern entrance to Rafah, a town on the Egyptian border. As the tanks took up positions, Israeli aircraft fired missiles at four groups of gunmen, killing four. Twenty-six Palestinians were wounded in the airstrikes, at least 10 of them militants, security and hospital officials said. Later, forces fired a tank shell at residents gathering in the area after daybreak, killing an 8-year-old boy and wounding three people, hospital and security officials said. Three more bodies were brought to the hospital early Thursday, but they were not believed to be militants, medics said. Rafah Governor Zuhdi al-Qudra said Israeli forces had taken over the roofs of houses near the airport, and that medics were unable to get to areas where casualties were reported from earlier fighting. He pleaded for the international community to help stop Israel's offensive. The Israeli army confirmed that there were troops in the area around the airport but said they were not impeding the work of medics. Gaza residents said by midday Thursday the firing had subsided but they were scared to move about because tanks remained in the streets. Israel launched its Gaza offensive after a June 25 cross-border raid by Hamas-linked militants who tunneled under the frontier and attacked an Israeli army post, killing two soldiers and capturing a third. Israeli ground forces have moved in and out of several parts of the territory regularly since then, confronting armed militants and leaving behind considerable destruction.



how can thay get food for the kids and babys and people if this what life of the roads afher israel planes hits theme thats so sad and thats food on the ground

not guns are other war fair israel are thay bad people poor people and kids .


Israel renews attacks on Beirut suburbs August.5.2006


BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel fought bloody kills morn people again and ground battles and exchanged fierce air and missile strikes Friday  including bombing raids that severed Lebanon's last major supply link with Syria and the outside world, Loud explosions resounded in Beirut's suburbs early Saturday as Israeli warplanes renewed their onslaught, local media said. Israeli helicopters, meanwhile, attacked suspected Hezbollah positions in the southern city of Tyre, though Hezbollah's TV station claimed that fighters repelled helicopter borne troops who tried to land. Washington said it was near agreement with France on a U.N. cease fire resolution, possibly by early next week. Israeli aircraft on a mission Friday to destroy weapons caches hit a refrigerated warehouse where farm workers were loading fruit, killing at least 28 near the Lebanon Syria border. And three Hezbollah rockets landed near Hadera, 50 miles south of the Israel-Lebanon border; 188 rockets rained on other towns, killing three Israeli Arabs. Given the determination of both Hezbollah and Israel to look victorious when the conflict finally ends, the worst of the fighting may still lie ahead with the militant Shiite guerrilla fighters perhaps making good on their threat to rocket Tel Aviv and Israel launching an all out ground offensive, pushing northward to the Litani River. Israeli military officials said Friday they completed the first phase of the offensive, securing a 4-mile buffer zone in south Lebanon, though pockets of Hezbollah resistance remained. Defense Minister Amir Peretz told top army officers to begin preparing for a push to the Litani, about 20 miles north of the border  a move that would require Cabinet approval. Peretz vowed his forces would complete "the whole mission" of driving guerrilla fighters out of missile range, a defiant response to the Hezbollah leader's threat to launch missiles into Israel's largest city. Warning of the potential for a larger war, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan called for an immediate end to hostilities and said peacekeepers should be sent to southern Lebanon. He also called for the disarmament of Hezbollah and a redrawing of Lebanon's borders with Israel and Syria. "Otherwise, we may see explosions elsewhere," Annan said. Israeli air strikes destroyed four key bridges after dawn, severing Beirut's final major connection to Syria and raising the threat of severe shortages of food, gasoline and medicines within days. The attack in the Christian heartland just north of Beirut killed four civilians and a Lebanese soldier. Israel said it targeted the bridges to stop the flow of weapons to Hezbollah from Iran through Syria. Those weapons include not only missiles, but sophisticated anti tank missiles said to be responsible for most of the 45 Israeli soldiers killed in more than three weeks of fighting. However, aid workers said the destroyed highway was a vital conduit for much needed food and supplies, with Christiane Berthiaume of the World Food Program calling it Lebanon's "umbilical cord .This  road  has been the only way for us to bring in aid. We really need to find other ways to bring relief in," she said in Geneva, Switzerland. Hospitals were in danger of closing soon because medicines, hospital supplies and fuel for generators was fast running out. Staples like milk, rice and sugar were growing short across the country. Lines at Beirut filling stations stretch longer by the day. Dr. George Tomey, acting president of the American University of Beirut, said its Medical Center, one of the prime and best known medical facilities in the Middle East, will stop receiving new patients as of Monday, except for emergency cases. Dr. Ghassan Hammoud, who runs a 320-bed hospital packed with war wounded in the southern port city of Sidon, said he may have to shut down within 10 days. On the 24th day of the conflict, the State Department said Friday that the United States and France were nearing completion of a U.N. resolution designed to halt the fighting in Lebanon and to set out principles for a lasting cease fire. "We are very close to a final draft with the French on a text," the department spokesman Sean McCormack said.  In a sign of billowing support for Hezbollah's Shiite fighters across the Arab world, tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims protested in Baghdad's Sadr City slum, chanting "Death to Israel, and at list as of Friday showed at least 559 Lebanese have been killed, including 482 civilians confirmed dead by the Health Ministry, 27 Lebanese soldiers and at least 50 Hezbollah guerrillas. Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said that 1 million people  or about a quarter of Lebanon's population   has fled the fighting. Others estimate some 800,000 Lebanese have been made refugee.  Since the fighting started, Lebanese security officials and the state news agency said Israeli air strikes flattened two southern houses Friday and that more than 50 people were buried in the rubble. Israel denied attacking the villages, Aita al Shaab and Taibeh.  Friday's attack on the refrigerated warehouse in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley killed at least 28 farm laborers as they loaded peaches and apples onto trucks bound for the Syrian market, Lebanese security and hospital officials said. Syria's official news agency, SANA, reported that 33 people were killed in the raid, including 23 Syrian workers.  Israeli army spokesman Capt. Jacob Dallal said the army suspected the warehouse was used for arms because it tracked a truck it believed was carrying weapons that went into the warehouse from the Syrian side. He said the truck stayed inside for about 90 minutes before returning to Syria.  Israel contends that Hezbollah gets almost all of its weaponry from Syria and by extension Iran. That's why it says cutting off the supply chain is essential   and why fighting Hezbollah after it has spent six years building up its arsenal is proving so painful to Israel. On Friday, the army confirmed a Hezbollah anti-tank missile killed three soldiers and wounded two others in southeastern Lebanon.  In the last two days alone, these missiles have killed seven soldiers and damaged three Israeli-made Merkava tanks  mountains of steel that are vaunted as symbols of Israel's military might, the army said. It said Hezbollah has fired Russian-made Metis-M anti-tank missiles and owns European-made Milan missiles. Hezbollah's sophisticated anti-tank missiles are perhaps the guerrilla group's deadliest weapon in Lebanon fighting, with their ability to pierce Israel's most advanced tanks. Experts say this is further evidence that Israel is facing a well-equipped army in this war, not a ragtag militia. In the second front of Israel's offensive against Islamic militants, an airstrike early Saturday in the southern Gaza town of Rafah killed at least two Palestinians and wounded five others, officials said. The Israeli army said its aircraft fired at several armed Palestinians.




The south Lebanon town where 'we are all terrorists AUGUST.2.2006


BEIRUT  - Amal Hamdoun finds it hard to hold back the tears as she surveys the devastation in Nabatiyeh, the largest town in south Lebanon and now emptied of half of its residents "Are we all to be branded terrorists?" she cries. Amal is standing in Bayada, a district where most homes have been reduced to rubble by Israel's aerial onslaught. Miraculously, her own building is still untouched. She has arrived with her husband and cousin, taking advantage of the brief lull in air strikes to try to retrieve what they can from their house. Her composure finally breaks. The Israelis have bombarded my quarter four times since the 1980s," she sobs. "But this time they came back seven times. Amal, in her 40s and with her hair loose and arms bare, has the misfortune to live near what Israel considers to be targets. They attacked an office of the Hezbollah TV channel Al-Manar," she says, "and farther down the home of a Hezbollah official. But that's no reason to ruin our lives," she sighs. There is no trace now of Shiite Hezbollah fighters in Nabatiyeh, considered a bastion of the "Party of God" in south Lebanon. Dozens of portraits of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah remain, however, as do pictures of the late spiritual leader of the Islamic revolution in Iran, Ayatollah Knomeini, and his successor Ali Khamenei. The Israelis hit Nabatiyeh hard. And not just in Bayada -- the town centre has also been transformed into piles of debris. Buildings were destroyed, the roads are pitted with deep craters and shopfronts were blown in. Cardiologist Mustafa Badreddin was elected the town's mayor eight years ago after standing as an independent. He estimates damage to the town centre alone at more than 30 million dollars.Since Israeli air attacks began on July 12 after Hezbollah seized two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid, 35 people have been killed and at least 60 wounded in air strikes on Nabatiyeh. Half of its inhabitants have fled northwards, Badreddin says The remainder opted to stay so they could "die with dignity rather than die on the roads" in Israeli attacks. Like Amal, Badreddin surveys the ruins of Bayad. Four times it has been destroyed, and four times it has been rebuilt during the violent history between Lebanon and its powerful neighbour. The Israelis' lists of targets are old," he says. "They have attacked the same area for years. Since the Israeli offensive began, Bayada has been in the Jewish state's sights seven times. But it's families who live here, not gangsters or cowboys in the Wild West," Badreddin says, masking his grief with irony. And neither do Hezbollah fanatics, says Amal Hamdown. She was in her teens in 1983 when Nabatiyeh was the scene of the incident which enraged Islamic resistance against Israel in Lebanon  the violent breaking up by an Israeli patrol of a parade to mark Ashura, the holiest Shiite festival. All the time I walked around with my arms bare and my hair uncovered to show them that we were not Hezbollah," she says, pointing to the sky at Israeli unmanned drones overhead. Amal does not adhere to the strict Islamic code of women covering their arms and their hair. But all that means nothing," she says resignedly. We're going back to live in a school in Beirut, with nothing but these shopping bags. She lifts the two bags, one in each hand, and turns away. In the end, we are all terrorists," Amal says.











Girl Becomes Sign of Palestinian Mourning



Gaza Strip Jun 11, 2006 - Pounding on the sand, Houda Ghalia shrieked for her father after he was killed with five of her siblings at a seaside picnic by what Palestinians said was an Israeli shell. Footage of the 10-year-old screaming "Father! Father!" has played over and over again on television, driving home the devastating impact of what Palestinian leaders are calling "genocidal" and "a war crime." One of the only members of her family to emerge unscathed, Houda was left questioning her fate. "What have I done wrong that I should have to live without my parents?" the girl asked AP Television News, surrounded by teary-eyed female relatives dressed in black. Israel expressed regret Saturday for the killing of eight civilians, but stopped short of taking responsibility, saying an investigation was under way. Israel's military chief said the killings may have resulted from a misfired Palestinian rocket. Palestinians insisted they were caused by an Israeli artillery shell. Houda and her 11 brothers and sisters were enjoying a day in the sun with their father, who had promised them a picnic if they passed their end-of-year exams. Hearing Israeli warning fire, the family quickly packed up. They were waiting for a taxi when the explosive landed, she said. Houda's father, Ali, was killed with five of her brothers and sisters her father's second wife and one other person who was not related to them. Her mother and five other children from the family were wounded. Three of the children are being treated in Israeli hospitals. Six members of Houda's family died instantly in the attack, and a seventh died from injuries soon after. Israel often fires artillery at Gaza, responding to Palestinian militants who launch homemade rockets at Israeli towns and villages. Moderate President Mahmoud Abbas opened a speech on Saturday by paying tribute to Houda's ordeal. "What is the crime that she committed while she was watching her family being killed on the beach and screaming?" Abbas said. "Who is responsible for such acts and why are such acts being committed against innocent people?" Later, Abbas met Houda in his office in Gaza, shedding a tear as he stroked her hair. "We called for peace and we will call for peace. This incident is not going to prevent us from calling for peace," Abbas said. Hadeel, Ali Ghalia's daughter from his second wife, is hospitalized in Gaza with shrapnel wounds. She still has not been told that she lost both her parents and her brother, the youngest family member. There were conflicting reports from the family and hospital about boy's age, ranging from six months to about a year old. "Hadeel is now an orphan," said Nasreen Ghalia, the girl's aunt. "We want nothing from (the Israelis.) We just want them to leave us alone."


     Israeli artillery kills seven members of a Palestinian family



An Israeli artillery shell slammed into a crowded beach in the northern Gaza Strip Friday, killing seven members of a Palestinian family. Among the dead was a baby boy who was ripped from his mother’s arms by the explosion. Israeli officials said the attack was part of a larger operation aimed at stopping militants from firing rockets into Israel. The Israeli military later apologized for the civilian deaths. There is an ongoing investigation as to the exact circumstances of this incident. The killings, along with other strikes over the previous 36 hours, lead some Hamas leaders to call for renewed attacks on Israel and an end to the yearlong truce. On Saturday, the militant wing of Hamas said it had fired rockets at Israel in response to the killings, effectively ending the truce.








Israel warplanes destroy farms and  Lebanon bridges August.4.2006


BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli warplanes destroyed four key bridges on Lebanon's last untouched highway Friday, severing the country's final major connection to Syria and deepening its isolation. Aircraft on a mission to destroy weapons caches hit a refrigerated warehouse where farm workers were loading vegetables, killing at least 28 near the Lebanon-Syria border as Hezbollah launched a fresh barrage of rockets at northern Israel. At least 190 rockets rained on Israeli towns, killing four civilians, three of them Arabs, as Israel pressed its ground offensive in southern Lebanon. The Israeli attacks on the main north-south coastal highway linking Beirut to Syria cut the only remaining major road link between the two countries. The drive to the Syrian border takes twice the time  at least three hours   on the small coastal road that remains open. Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, a staunch pro-Syrian and close ally of Hezbollah, charged that Israel is trying to pressure Lebanon to accept its conditions for a cease-fire, which include Hezbollah's disarmament and ouster from a swath of south Lebanon. The Israeli enemy's bombing of bridges and roads is aimed at tightening the blockade on the Lebanese, cutting communications between them and starving them," Lahoud said. He blamed the new raids on Israel's failure to win quick victory in the south, where Israeli soldiers have been mired in ground battles with Hezbollah guerrillas for several days. An Israeli army spokesman, Capt. Jacob Dallal, said Israel targeted the bridges to stop the flow of weapons from Syria. Five Lebanese civilians were killed and 19 wounded in the Israeli airstrikes north of the capital, in Christian areas where Hezbollah has little support or presence, including the picturesque coastal resort of Jounieh. In separate air raids near Beirut's airport and southern suburbs, a Lebanese soldier was killed and two soldiers and four civilians were wounded, security officials and witnesses said. The predominantly Shiite Muslim sector is largely controlled by Hezbollah guerrillas. Israel said Hezbollah facilities and a Hamas office were targeted. Two Israeli soldiers were killed by a Hezbollah anti-tank missile during heavy fighting in a southern Lebanese village where the militant group had been launching rockets, the army said. It later said another soldier had died. International aid agencies said Friday said the road bombing would slow down aid shipments to needy civilians in central Lebanon and the coastline around the capital, Beirut, where the bulk of the population lives. Border crossings in the east have been shut by airstrikes. Israel has imposed a naval blockade and has hit the international airport to seal off Lebanon's sea and airspace. This is Lebanon's umbilical cord," Christiane Berthiaume of the World Food Program side this (road) has been the only way for us to bring in aid. We really need to find other ways to bring relief in. The European Union said Israel and Hezbollah must guarantee the safety of aid workers if it is to continue helping people made homeless by the fighting. Emergencies services at the al-Qusair National Hospital on the Lebanese-Syrian border and the National Hospital in the Syrian city of Homs said at least 28 people were killed in the farm attack near al-Qaa, a town about six miles from a Hezbollah stronghold. Ali Yaghi, a Lebanese civil defense official at the scene, said at least 12 workers were wounded and some were likely buried under rubble.Syria's official news agency reported that 33 were killed, 23 of them Syrians. That toll included 18 men, 2 elderly women and 3 young girls, it said, reporting 10 wounded. The Israeli army said it had attacked two buildings where it suspected weapons were being stored, and it was checking reports that it had hit a vegetable storehouse and civilians. In Israel, police said some 190 rockets had fallen. In addition to the deaths, at least four people were wounded. Police commander Dan Ronen said 45 rockets had fallen within one half-hour period. Some rockets overshot their targets in northern Israel and landed in Syrian territory, the Israeli military said.  More than three weeks into the fighting, six Israeli brigades  or roughly 10,000 troops were locked in battle with hundreds of Hezbollah guerrillas in about 20 towns and villages in south Lebanon. Israeli artillery intensified bombing there overnight, sending as many as 15 shells per minute against suspected Hezbollah strongholds.  Defense Minister Amir Peretz has told top army officers to begin preparing for a push to the Litani River, about 20 miles north of the border. That would require further approval by Israel's Security Cabinet and could lead to far more casualties.  Hezbollah said in a statement broadcast by the group's Al-Manar TV station that guerrillas had killed six Israeli soldiers near the villages of Aita al-Shaab and Markaba. The Israeli army said two soldiers were killed and two wounded by a Hezbollah anti-tank missile during heavy fighting in a village where the militant group had been launching rockets. Despite Israel's efforts, Hezbollah launched at least 200 rockets into northern Israel on Thursday, in a new tactic of simultaneously firing a large number of rockets. Hezbollah's leader offered to stop attacking if Israel ends its air strikes. Israel's United Nations ambassador, Dan Gillerman, said that Sheik Hassan Nasrallah's offer of a truce was "a sign of weakness  and he may be looking for a way out."  Gillerman warned against a threat by Nasrallah to launch rockets on Israel's commercial center, Tel Aviv.  "We are ready for it, and I am sure that he (Nasrallah), as well as his sponsors, realize the consequences of doing something as unimaginable and crazy as that," the Israeli ambassador told CNN.  On the second front of its offensive against Islamic militants, Israel began pulling tanks out of southern Gaza after a two-day incursion that killed eleven Palestinians, including an 8-year-old boy. The fighting in Gaza, which began June 25 after Hamas-linked militants captured an Israeli soldier in a cross-border raid, has killed a total of 175 Palestinians, the U.N. reported, adding that it was concerned that "with international attention focusing on Lebanon, the tragedy in Gaza is being for gotten. The offensive in Lebanon began after another cross-border raid by Hezbollah guerrillas who captured two Israeli soldiers. According to an Associated Press count, at least 530 Lebanese have been killed, including 454 civilians confirmed dead by the Health Ministry; 26 Lebanese soldiers; and at least 50 Hezbollah guerrillas. That figure does not include the farm attack. Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said that 1 million people or about a quarter of Lebanon's population  had fled the fighting. Seventy-five Israelis have been killed  44 soldiers and 31 civilians. More than 300,000 Israelis have fled their homes in the north, Israeli officials said. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said the United States and France have "come a long way" in negotiating a Security Council resolution that calls for an immediate end to Middle East hostilities,said. In Washington, Secretary of State        Condoleezza Rice expressed support Thursday for an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon as the first phase in ending the conflict. It was the most concrete signal yet that the U.S. may be willing to compromise on the stalemate over how to end the fighting. Israel, backed by the United States, has rejected calls for an immediate cease-fire, saying it wants an international force or the Lebanese army to deploy in southern Lebanon to prevent future Hezbollah attacks



South Lebanon closed; Strikes kill 19 August.9.2006


TYRE, Lebanon - Israel shut down south Lebanon with a threat to blast any moving vehicles Tuesday as ground fighting intensified, air strikes killed at least 19 civilians and Arab governments called for a full Israeli withdrawal as a condition of any cease fire.

With U.S., French and Arab negotiators meeting at the United Nations, Israel voiced cautious interest in a Lebanese proposal to deploy 15,000 soldiers to south Lebanon where Hezbollah has been firing missiles into Israel. But the warring sides appeared to be some distance apart on the text of a possible resolution, not expected to come before the Security Council before Thursday. After four weeks of fighting, nearly 800 people have died on both sides. Rescuers in Lebanon pulled 28 additional corpses from the wreckage of Monday's attacks, raising that day's toll to 77 Lebanese the deadliest single day of the war. Israel reported three soldiers killed Tuesday but no civilians. On Wednesday, the Israeli army announced that another two soldiers had died in fighting Tuesday in south Lebanon At least one Palestinian also was killed when Lebanon's largest refugee camp was struck by Israeli gunboat shells early Wednesday, Lebanese and Palestinian officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The Israeli military said the attack was an airstrike, not from the sea. Israeli airstrikes also leveled a two-story building in the Bekaa Valley town of Mashghara early Wednesday, trapping a woman and four children under the rubble, residents said. It was not immediately known whether they were alive. In Tyre, part of southern Lebanon where Israel declared the no-drive zone, only pedestrians ventured into the streets. Although Israel said it would not attack humanitarian convoys, the U.N. was not taking any chances. "There are two words that sum up where the humanitarian situation is, and these are 'not enough,'" said Wivina Belmonte of the U.N. Children's Fund. "Fuel supplies are not enough, hospitals are on life support, supplies of humanitarian goods trying to get into the country are not enough." At least 160 Hezbollah rockets hit northern Israel on Tuesday, most of them in and around the towns of Nahariya, Kiryat Shemona, Maalot, Safed. Some of the fiercest ground fighting raged around the village of Bint Jbail, a Hezbollah stronghold that Israeli has tried to capture for weeks. Three Israel soldiers were killed there Tuesday, the military said, claiming 35 Hezbollah guerrillas died in the fighting. Hezbollah would not confirm any deaths. The issue of who will patrol southern Lebanon, where Hezbollah militants have been operating in their fight against Israel, has become the dominant sticking point in cease-fire negotiations at the United Nations. Israeli ground troops currently are in the area, and Lebanon and other Arab nations are insisting they must leave when a cease-fire agreement is reached. President Bush says he wants an international force to replace the Israeli soldiers, but that could take weeks. Meanwhile, Israel's military said it dispatched Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinksi to coordinate military efforts in Lebanon Tuesday. Israeli media linked the move to a possible intensification of the offensive as well as to criticism of the handling of the fight against Hezbollah. The change effectively sidelines the head of the northern command, Maj. Gen. Udi Adam. The military denied it was a shake-up, but the naming of a top commander during the Lebanon fighting represented a highly unusual move. Israeli media linked it to mounting public criticism of the army's handling of the conflict, while military analysts said the new appointment signaled serious command problems. Both Israel and the United States issued positive, if lukewarm, assessments Tuesday of the Lebanese government's plan to dispatch 15,000 soldiers into south Lebanon after a cease-fire and the withdrawal of Israeli forces. "It looks interesting and we will examine it closely," Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said. The White House said it was willing to consider the proposal but is convinced that Lebanon is not equipped to handle the job on its own. "The administration understands that the Lebanese armed forces are going to need some help, and we're working with allies to try to figure out the proper way to do it," White House press secretary Tony Snow told reporters gathered near the president's vacation home.  A day after his Cabinet conditionally approved dispatching the troops to the south, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora praised Hezbollah's resistance, but said it was time for Lebanon to "impose its full control, authority and presence" nationwide  as directed in previous U.N. resolutions that also called for the government to disarm Hezbollah.  "There will be no authority, no one in command, no weapons other than those of the Lebanese state," he said on Al-Arabiya television. The  U.N. Security Council put off for at least one day voting on a U.S. French cease-fire proposal to allow three leading Arab officials to present arguments that the resolution was heavily tilted in favor of Israel and did not "take Lebanon's interest and stability into account." Both the U.S. and French envoys to the U.N. indicated there might be room for limited compromise. The United Nations suspended attempts to send relief to southern Lebanon because of heavy shelling in the area, said Christian Berthiaume of the World Food Program in Geneva, Switzerland. However, aid shipments were arriving elsewhere in the country.  The Israeli forces were warning today, saying that there shouldn't be any vehicles in the southern part of Lebanon," Berthiaume said. "They had exempted humanitarian convoys  but  we decided not to go because there has been heavy shelling the last 24 hours." The WFP and other U.N. relief agencies said they were frustrated over the difficulty of moving aid into Lebanon, and said what they had brought in so far was insufficient.  The total number of Lebanese civilian deaths rose by 47 Tuesday as rescue workers pulled 14 more bodies from the wreckage to two buildings in south Beirut that were hit by Israeli missiles the night before. The toll in that attack now stands at 30. All but six of the Lebanese civilians killed Tuesday died in air raids that Israel said targeted guerrilla rocket positions near the Mediterranean port of Sidon.  Four strikes on Ghaziyeh killed 13 people, one of them walking in a funeral procession to bury the dead from the day before. In two days, at least 28 people were killed in the town, three miles south of Sidon, police and civil defense officials said.  Since the fighting began, at least 689 people have died on the Lebanese side of the conflict. The Israeli toll stood at 103 killed  36 civilians and 67 soldiers.  One of the most tragic stories was that of Ali Rmeity. He was badly wounded and winced with pain in the Mount Lebanon hospital near Beirut. Three of his children were dead and his only surviving son was in intensive care. He hadn't been told because doctors said they feared the 45-year-old could not stand the shock.  Rmeity was at home with his wife and four children shortly after nightfall Monday when Israeli missiles slammed into their apartment building in the predominantly Shiite southern Beirut suburb of Chiah. Half of the 30 people killed in the strike were from Rmeity's family.  "I had been feeling tired, so I went into the bedroom and laid down on the bed. Five minutes later the bombs fell and I found myself crying for help under the rubble," Rmeity said Tuesday. "My wife who was on the balcony was thrown in the air. They found her somewhere, I don't know where. His wife, Hoda, was being treated in an adjacent room for severe lung injuries and several fractures. Their 9-year-old son, Hussein, was in intensive care with head trauma and brain contusion. The Rmeity's three other children  Mohammed, 22, Fatima, 19, and 16-year-old Malak  were killed. So were Ali Rmeity's parents, his three brothers and two sisters. His brother's family, who lived in the same building, also died.



Israel orders vehicles off Lebanon roads August.9.2006


TYRE, Lebanon - The warning fell from the sky on a plain piece of paper, written in Arabic and signed by the state of  Israel: "Any vehicles, no matter what type, moving south of the Litani River will be bombed" on suspicion of carrying Hezbollah weapons.

Residents of Tyre heeded that warning Tuesday. A few walked the empty streets, and the odd group of men and women sat outside closed shops, but mostly the town felt deserted. Apache helicopters patrolled overhead, firing missiles at least twice. Strains of music filtered through the locked door of a neighborhood bar. Inside Mohammad Mustafa, a burly man in his late 20s, a large tattoo on his left arm, listened to British singer James Blunt's seductive "Goodbye My Lover" he had downloaded on a computer. He was alone. The Lea Casa restaurant and bar hasn't been doing much business since the start of the war, says Mustafa, who is cook and bartender. It's closed most days but on the rare evening that someone comes by and wants to eat he opens up. But not anymore. As of Tuesday, Mustafa said he will make the mile-walk home by 7 p.m. is decision to walk is motivated as much by necessity as the Israeli warning. His parked motorcycle was damaged when a rocket blasted a building earlier in the war. In the second story offices of the Tyre municipal building, orders were sent out to residents to stay indoors and off the roads. "Our workers wherever they go are telling people don't go out at all  day or night because Israel said day or night they will attack," said Dr. Ahmed Zirkot, one of only six members of the 21-member municipal board still in Tyre. Tyre, a couple miles south of the Litani River, is Lebanon's fourth-largest city. The International Red Cross estimates that 27,000 people are still living here. The Litani River runs roughly parallel to the Lebanese-Israeli border about 20 miles to the north. The area has seen some of the heaviest Israeli bombardment and ground fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas, and vehicles on the road are frequently hit by Israeli strikes. Zirkot plotted strategy with the few members of the municipality board still in Tyre. They dissected an aerial map of the city, which juts out into the Mediterranean Sea, deciding how to best distribute assistance money they were getting. Zirkot said the municipality had lost about three-quarters of its staff, either because they had fled the city or were refusing to come into work. At places along the street, large mounds of garbage rotted in the blistering heat. At the civil defense office, workers sat near their ambulances, unable to collect or even check out reports of dead and wounded in bombing raids in villages surrounding Tyre. There was a report of five people trapped, possibly dead or wounded northeast of Tyre, civil defense supervisor Youssef Khairallah said. The civil defense was waiting for some safety guarantees before heading to the scene. There would be no attempt Tuesday to try to look for bodies that might be trapped beneath the four flattened apartment buildings on the northern edge of Tyre, Khairallah said. "It is just too dangerous," he said.  The buildings, which were at the site of Saturday's Israeli commando raid, were pounded into mounds of rubble in a blistering Israeli air assault Monday afternoon.  In Tyre's small Christian quarter, a section of the city dominated by the brownstone Christian Maronite Church and the home of the Maronite archbishop of Tyre, residents sat on their doorsteps or in plastic chairs in narrow alleyways, but it was the rare person who ventured out.  The translated text of Israel's Arabic-language warning to South Lebanon was as follows: "To Lebanese citizens located south of the Litani River Read this statement carefully and follow its instructions. The Israeli Defense Forces will escalate their operations and strike with extreme force against the terrorist elements who are using you as human shields and firing rockets from inside your homes at the state of Israel. Any vehicles, no matter what type, moving south of the Litani River will be bombed, because they will be suspected of transporting rockets, military supplies or saboteurs. You must be aware that anyone moving in any vehicle is exposing his life to danger.  The State of Israel."

Lebanon prime minister wins Arab backing August.7.2006


BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli warplanes intensified airstrikes and launched a new commando raid in south Lebanon on Monday, killing at least 23 people in one of the heaviest tolls in days. Lebanon's prime minister won strong support from Arab states to plead his case at the United Nations for a full Israeli withdrawal. Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora choked back tears as he told a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Beirut that 40 people were killed by an Israeli airstrike on the southern border village of Houla, but he later said only one person was killed. Saniora got strong backing from the foreign ministers, who warned the U.N. Security Council against adopting resolutions that don't serve Lebanon's interests. They decided to send a high level delegation to New York to press Lebanon's case. Israeli warplanes repeatedly bombed Beirut's southern suburbs and pounded other areas of Lebanon, killing 15 people, Lebanese officials said. In northern Israel, scores of Hezbollah rockets wounded five people, rescue workers said. Seven people were killed when a missile hit a house in Qassmieh on the coast north of Lebanon's port city of Tyre, civil defense official Youssef Khairallah said. Saniora backtracked on the death toll in the Houla airstrike, saying that a search of the flattened building turned up only one death. The Israeli army said one soldier was killed and four others were slightly wounded in fighting in the town of Bint Jbail. The soldiers killed five Hezbollah gunmen in the battle, the army said. Al-Jazeera television said two Israeli soldiers were killed in the fighting. Another three soldiers were wounded in Houla, the army said. A new barrage of 83 rockets hit northern Israel, slightly wounding five Israelis, according to rescue services. Ministers called for a meeting of Israel's Security Cabinet later Monday to discuss whether to broaden the nearly four-week-old offensive. One minister, speaking on condition of anonymity because he did not want to be seen as criticizing the military, said the army needed to send all available ground forces into Lebanon immediately to push Hezbollah and its rocket launchers out of the area south of the Litani River, about 18 miles from the border. Israel's attacks on Lebanon have killed at least 607 people, including 524 civilians, 29 Lebanese soldiers and at least 53 Hezbollah guerrillas.Israeli warplanes hit an apartment complex in Tyre, and ambulance driver Shadi Jradi said he got a report of five people killed, although he did not see the bodies himself.A woman and her daughter were killed near a Lebanese army checkpoint between the villages of Harouf and Dweir, security officials said. Four other people were killed in a raid on that destroyed a house in Kfar Tebnit. Air raids on the town of Ghaziyeh also destroyed several buildings, killing at least one person and wounding 14, hospital officials said. A building collapsed in the village of Ghassaniyeh, and at least one body was pulled from the rubble. Witnesses and civil defense workers said six more people were buried, but that could not be confirmed. Five air raids struck the market town of Nabatiyeh, targeting two office buildings, a house and one of the offices of Shiite Muslim Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah. No casualties were reported there or in raids on the villages of Jibsheet and Toul. Attacks also were carried out in Naqoura on the border and Ras al-Biyada, about halfway between Naqoura and Tyre. About 30 Israeli commandos landed by helicopter on a hill overlooking Ras al-Biyada, where they battled Hezbollah militants, Lebanese security officials said. Israeli officials would not confirm the operation. In other violence, Israeli warplanes hit roads in the Bekaa Valley, a northeastern region of Lebanon that is a symbol of Hezbollah power. At least four explosions were heard around the city of Baalbek, about 60 miles north of Israel's border, witnesses said. The Israeli military confirmed it had hit several targets in the area. Warplanes also struck a large factory for construction materials just south of Baalbek. Jet fighters attacked the Rashaya region farther south on the corridor linking southern regions with the Bekaa Valley, witnesses said. A road near the Beirut border post at Masnaa on the Beirut-Damascus highway, a frequent target of attack, was hit again Monday. The U.N. plan would call for an immediate halt in the fighting, followed by a second resolution in a week or two to authorize an international military force and creation of a buffer zone in south Lebanon. It also says the two Israeli soldiers whose capture July 12 by Hezbollah guerrillas triggered the war should be released unconditionally. Saniora and the Arab foreign ministers pressed for changes in the plan. He has proposed a speeded-up deployment of Lebanese troops with the support of U.N. forces in order to ensure that thousands of Israeli soldiers leave the south with any cease-fire, a Saniora aide said. The Arab foreign ministers warned of "the consequences of adopting resolutions that are not applicable and complicate the situation on the ground and do not take Lebanon's interest and stability into account." Lebanon and the Arabs see the U.S.-French draft resolution as heavily tilted toward Israel. Washington and Paris were expected to circulate a new draft of the first resolution at the United Nations on Monday, taking into account some of the amendments proposed by Qatar, the only Arab nation on the Security Council, and other members, diplomats said. Bush said the goal was to find consensus quickly on a U.N. resolution calling for a cessation of violence. "I understand that both parties aren't going to agree with all aspects of the resolution," Bush said. "But the intent of the resolutions is to strengthen the Lebanese government so Israel has got a partner in peace. Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon the U.S.-French draft was good for Israel but the country still had military goals and would continue its attacks on Hezbollah. While Hezbollah has not rejected the plan outright, its two main allies Syria and Iran said it was without merit because it did not call for an immediate Israeli withdrawal, among other demands. Lebanon's parliament speaker, Nabih Berri, also said the plan was unacceptable because it does not deal with Beirut's other key demands a release of prisoners held by Israel and moves to resolve a dispute over a piece of border territory. Israel's Haaretz daily, quoting an unidentified general, reported that attacks might be stepped up on Lebanese infrastructure and symbols of the government in response to Hezbollah's escalating rocket attacks. Israeli warplanes have repeatedly blasted Palestinian government buildings during a monthlong offensive in Gaza that began shortly before the fighting with Hezbollah. Hezbollah has fired more than 3,000 rockets at Israel since the fighting began, Israeli officials said. Hezbollah militants battled Israeli forces trying to push deeper into southern Lebanon, engaging Israeli infantrymen attempting to advance on the border villages of Aita al-Shaab, Rub Thalatheen and Dibel, the guerrillas' TV station said. Some 10,000 Israeli soldiers are fighting several hundred Hezbollah gunmen in south Lebanon, trying to track and destroy rocket launchers and push the guerrilla group out of the area.





Lebanon Israel wages war of starvation kids dieing and people too august.4.2006


BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel is waging a "war of starvation" on Lebanon's civilians in an effort to force the government to agree to Israel's demands, Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said in a statement issued Friday. His comments came after Israeli warplanes bombed bridges and roads in Christian neighborhoods north of Beirut, killing five civilians and making travel between suburbs increasingly difficult. Missiles struck the country's main north-south highway  its primary artery to the outside world, through        Syria in the north. The Israeli enemy's bombing of bridges and roads is aimed at tightening the blockade on the Lebanese, cutting communications between them and starving them," Lahoud said. He linked the new raids to Israel's failure to win quick victory in the south, where Israeli soldiers have been mired in ground battles with Hezbollah guerrillas for several days. "Today's air raids confirm that Israel is trying to compensate for the losses of its army in the south ... by cutting off the only coastal highway remaining to transport aid to displaced people and refugees and supply the country with oil products, foodstuffs and aid," Lahoud said. He said new airstrikes showed Israel was trying to pressure Lebanon to accept its conditions for a cease-fire, which include Hezbollah's disarmament and ouster from a swath of south Lebanon. Israel's bombardment aims to "impose conditions that have been rejected by Lebanon, which insists on an immediate cease-fire before any other step," Lahoud said. It is a war of starvation launched by Israel against Lebanon," he said. "It is an aggression that has exceeded Israel's declared objectives. Israel has now decided to destroy Lebanon."


Israeli air strikes kill 5 and going up in the Gaza town august.5.2006


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel pressed ahead with its incursion into the southern        Gaza Strip on Saturday as air strikes killed five Palestinians, including a mother and her two children, and tanks rolled to the edge of Rafah, officials said. Sixteen Palestinians have been killed since Israeli troops and tanks moved into southern Gaza three days ago, part of a monthlong offensive in the Mediterranean coastal strip. In the first air strike a 16-year-old girl, Kifah Natour, and her brother, Amar, 15, were killed said Dr. Ali Musa, the director of the local hospital. Their mother, Huda, 50, later died of her wounds. Four other people, including their 13-year-old brother, were seriously wounded when the missile hit. Musa said the family had been trying to flee their home as Israeli tanks advanced. The army said it had targeted groups of militants. A 19 year old militant from the Islamic Jihad and a 21 year old Hamas gunman were killed in two other air strikes in the area, their groups said. Early Saturday Israeli tanks moved into positions on the eastern side of Rafah, took over an abandoned Palestinian security training camp and sealed off roads leading in and out of the town from that side, Palestinian security officials said. A day earlier Israeli troops conducted house to house searches in the area. Israel launched its Gaza offensive after a June 25 cross border raid by Hamas linked militants who tunneled into Israel and attacked an army post, killing two soldiers and capturing a third. Israeli ground forces have moved in and out of several parts of the territory regularly since then, confronting armed militants and leaving behind considerable destruction. Also Saturday, the Gaza-Egypt border crossing was expected to open for one way traffic into Egypt after Palestinian and Israeli officials and European monitors reached an agreement Friday, said Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. It would be open Saturday and Sunday. It would be the second time since the latest fighting erupted in Gaza June 25 that the terminal would be opened, but the previous time was for Palestinians returning home from Egypt. Earlier agreements to reopen the crossing from Gaza to Egypt broke down at the last minute. Israel, which has been criticized for creating a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, said it opened another border checkpoint to allow 160 truckloads of food and medical supplies into Gaza, as well as gasoline and diesel. The United Nations said Thursday it was concerned that "with international attention focusing on Lebanon, the tragedy in Gaza is being forgotten." It called on both Israel and the Palestinian militants to recognize their obligations to protect civilians during hostilities, but singled out Israel for criticism. Israel is fighting on two fronts, against Islamic militants in Gaza and against Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon





    Israel prepares wider ground offensive  August.11.2006 


    JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is dissatisfied with the emerging cease fire deal and told his defense minister in a meeting Friday to get ready for a wider ground offensive in Lebanon, a senior Israeli official said.  Meanwhile, Israeli airstrikes pounded south Beirut and border crossings to Syria, killing at least 14 people across Lebanon as ground fighting picked up intensity in the south. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the contents of the Olmert Peretz meeting. It was not immediately clear whether the Israeli threat was meant to pressure the U.N. Security Council or whether Israel is determined to send troops deeper into Lebanon. Jets struck twice at a busy bridge at the Abboudiyeh border crossing into Syria, killing at least 12 people and wounding 18 others, hospital and security officials said. The checkpoint is some 10 miles inland from the Mediterranean coast, on Lebanon's northern border. Hezbollah TV reported Friday that guerrillas destroyed an Israeli gunboat off the coast of Tyre, killing or wounding the crew of 12. The Israeli army said it was not aware of a strike on any of its vessels, which have been enforcing a blockade of the Lebanese coast since fighting began 30 days ago. Larger craft have repeatedly fired shells against Hezbollah positions and strongholds, including in south Beirut. Israel also struck an area close to the Lebanese border crossing at Masnaa in the Bekaa Valley, about 30 miles southeast of Beirut, but there were no reports of casualties. Masnaa is the main border crossing with Syria, and has been closed after four previous strikes. It was the main escape route for hundreds of foreigners and displaced Lebanese who fled the country over land. Only one other official border crossing, at the northern coastal town of Arida, is open Israeli warplanes also struck three vehicles near the eastern city of Baalbek, killing at least one person and wounding two others, security officials said. Witnesses said the vehicles were directly hit and caught fire. It was unclear whether they were cars or pickup trucks  a frequent target of Israeli raids. A drone fired a missile at a motorbike on the southern coastal highway between Sidon and Tyre, killing its driver, security officials said. Jets also hit roads and residential areas near the southern market town of Nabatiyeh, flattening a deserted house there, they said. It was unclear if its owner, Zaino Yassin, was a Hezbollah activist, they said. Israeli warplanes struck roads and villages in mountainous areas in the southeastern part of the Bekaa Valley as well, security officials said. No casualties were reported. At least 20 explosions rang out across the Lebanese capital as thick black smoke rose from the southern suburbs. Hezbollah said it unleashed "a new barrage of rockets on Haifa" in response. Later the group said it fired at the Israeli towns of Kiryat Shemona, Nahariya, Avivim, Kfar Giladi, Margelot and Metulla "in response to the continuing Zionist attacks on Lebanese civilians. Warplanes returned to the capital midday and sent missiles into Chiah, a south Beirut neighborhood where at least 41 people were killed in a strike Monday. Friday's attack came a day after Israeli jets dropped leaflets over Beirut, warning Chiah residents to leave. There were no immediate reports of casualties. In another statement, Hezbollah said its fighters killed or wounded about 15 Israeli soldiers trying to advance toward the border village of Aita al-Shaab. "The remaining soldiers retreated under the cover of artillery shelling," the statement said. Aita al-Shaab is one of several Lebanese border towns where gunbattles have been raging for weeks between Israeli troops and Hezbollah guerrillas. The group later said it killed four Israeli soldiers in Qantara, about 5 miles from the Israeli border. Hezbollah said its guerrillas inflicted casualties on Israeli forces in the village of Rachaf as well, some 9 miles from the border. "The Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) has since early morning been engaged in fierce clashes (with Israeli troops) on the southwestern outskirts of Rachaf. By 9:40 a.m., the (Israeli) enemy was trying to evacuate its casualties from the battlefield," Hezbollah said in a statement broadcast on its Al-Manar television. Fighting also continued in Beit Yahoun, with Hezbollah saying it destroyed an Israeli tank and bulldozer, killing or wounding their crews. The town is about 7 miles from the Israeli border. The Israeli military did not immediately comment on Hezbollah's statements. in the southern port city of Tyre heard a huge sonic boom over the town early Friday, likely from Israeli jet fighters breaking the sound barrier overhead.It is Lebanon, not Israel, that faces a threat to its existence in this war  The Franco-US resolution is an absurdity it would give Israel immunity while denying Lebanon the right to defend itself and As Lebanon is brought to its knees, and Israeli leaders promise yet more of the same, there is something truly extraordinary about the manner in which the war on Lebanon is being portrayed as a war for Israel's survival, as if it were the existence of the Jewish state that were at risk. Whatever else it may be, this is a war between palpable unequals: a giant nuclear-armed power with the most advanced western military hardware and a potential ground force of up to 650,000 trained men, against a tiny third-world guerrilla force of around 5,000 fighters, armed largely with second-hand former eastern bloc hardware (the first Katyusha rockets were developed in the early 1940s) and castoffs from Iran and Syria. The idea that the latter can pose an existential threat to the former, under any foreseeable circumstances, is risible at best and disingenuous at worst. While it can hardly be comfortable for northern Israel's civilian population to be forced into shelters for four weeks, the physical safety of the overwhelming majority - unlike that of their counterparts in much of Lebanon - has never been seriously at stake. And while Hizbullah's supposed targeting of Israeli civilians has yielded relatively few victims, Israel's repeated "mistakes" in Lebanon have maintained a civilian death rate of about 100 Lebanese to every three Israelis. The opposite side of this coin is that while Israel's hi-tech "surgical strikes" have killed hundreds more civilians than Hizbullah fighters, the Lebanese resistance's low-tech weapons have killed about three times as many Israeli soldiers as civilians. After yesterday's decision to expand the ground war all the way up to the Litani river and beyond, Israel's constantly shifting war plan is now moving away from its initial relatively cautious phase and has plunged headlong into grand-scale politico-strategic engineering. What Israel now seeks is less of a secure border, and more of a major rearrangement of the Lebanese domestic scene that will crush resistance not only in Lebanon, but by extension in Palestine as well, and wherever else it may exist across the seething Arab Muslim world.If Hizbullah, as many have argued, is indeed the people of south Lebanon and the voice of Shia Lebanese empowerment, then the Israelis seem to believe that the best means of defeating them is to disperse them, uproot the communities in which they thrive, and destroy the infrastructure that sustains them and provides them with their means of livelihood. That is why Israel has been pounding away at the Shia areas of south Beirut that Hizbullah evacuated even before the bombing began. That is why it is attacking Shia population centres in the Beka'a valley in the east of the country. And that is why it is deliberately depopulating south Lebanon, driving almost a million civilians northwards in the hope of destroying what remains of the area's infrastructure, so as to make it impossible for its residents to return home any time in the near future. As in Gaza - which has been hit by 12,000 artillery shells over the past six weeks - Israel is creating a system of free fire and buffer zones, where it will be free to act in response to any "provocation" Sadly, there is really not much new here. Depopulation is a longstanding Israeli expedient, used sometimes for grand strategic purposes, as in the 1948 war in Palestine, and at other times for less grandiose aims, but no less painfully, as in Lebanon in the 1978, 1982 and 1996 invasions. The difference this time is in the purposeful destruction of the social and economic structure of the south, and the rest of the country.








    Israel pounds Lebanon as US presses for UN resolution AUGUST.11.2006


    BEIRUT - Israeli planes blasted targets far into the north of Lebanon killing 12 civilians as diplomats struggled for a UN resolution to end the fighting. Eleven civilians were killed and 15 wounded in a dawn raid on a bridge in the northern Akkar plain close to the Syrian border, security officials said. Several of those killed had gone to the bridge to inspect damage when the Israeli aircraft returned for a second bombing. Israeli fighter-bombers also carried out repeated strikes on Beirut's Shiite southern suburbs, a Hezbollah stronghold. One civilian was killed in a raid on a road near the eastern city of Baalbek, officials said Friday. The Israeli air force said it had hit more than 130 targets in Lebanon in the 24 hours to Friday morning. The army said 16 soldiers had been wounded in clashes with Hezbollah on Friday, but gave no immediate confirmation of a report by Arabic television Al-Jazeera that one soldier had also been killed. Meanwhile in New York, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was holding a series of meetings with her counterparts from France and Britain, as well as UN Secretary General  Kofi Annan, in hopes of pushing a resolution through the UN Security Council to end the bloodshed. The United States and France were still negotiating the status of any international force that is sent to separate  Israel and Hezbollah, diplomats said. But after days of delay, Rice wants action on a vote. "She is hoping for a vote on the resolution today," said a senior State Department official accompanying the secretary of state. US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said "we are getting closer" to an agreement between resolution backers, the United States and France, and Lebanon and Israel. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Beirut to discuss a diplomatic solution to end hostilities, and US Middle East envoy David Welch made a surprise visit to press the Lebanese government to agree to a resolution. Prime Minister Fuad Siniora said after his meeting with Welch there had been progress albeit at a snail's pace."There is progress, even if it is centimetre by centimetre," the Lebanese premier said.In Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council voted to set up a commission of inquiry into "systematic" Israeli attacks on civilians in Lebanon.UN human rights chief Louise Arbour had earlier urged the council to probe civilian deaths both in Lebanon and Israel.More than 1,000 Lebanese civilians -- some 30 percent of them children aged under 12  have been killed by Israeli attacks and nearly a million have fled their homes, sparking what relief agencies described as a humanitarian crisis.A total of 82 Israeli soldiers have been killed in Lebanon since Israel launched its offensive on July 12.There have also been 38 Israeli civilians killed by Hezbollah rocket fire since the Shiite militant group sparked the Israeli offensive by capturing two soldiers in a deadly cross-border raid. A Lebanese security force, whose barracks had been occupied by the Israeli army, left the southern town of Marjayun along with hundreds of civilians in a UN-led convoy to escape the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, police said. The convoy comprised the 350-member strong force that had been stationed at the barracks and some 500 cars of civilians escaping their homes. Marjayun Mayor Fuad Hamra told Al-Arabiya television that the convoy comprised most of the Christian town's population and that he was leaving, too. Hezbollah said its guerrillas sank an Israeli Super Dvora fast patrol boat off the coast of southern Lebanon, a claim denied by Israel. "At 2:05 pm (1105 GMT), while an Israeli Super Dvora warship was off the coast of Mansouri, south of the city of Tyre, and was aggressing our steadfast people and our civilian regions, the men of the Islamic Resistance attacked the ship with suitable weapons," a Hezbollah statement said. In Haifa, Israel's third largest city, two people were wounded in a new salvo by Hezbollah that also caused substantial damage in and around the port city. The military's failure to stop the rocket fire after a month of fighting is causing mounting scepticism among Israelis about its ability to deliver on its war aims, two new opinion polls suggested. In a survey published by the Haaretz daily, 73 percent of respondents said Israel could not claim to have won the war against the Lebanese militant group if the fighting stopped now. Only 48 percent of those polled said they were satisfied with the performance of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, while 40 percent said they were not. Israel is still holding out for the Franco-US draft which was rejected by Lebanon because it requires Israel to stop only offensive operations and does not demand its withdrawal until a new international buffer force has been deployed. France has been pushing for amendments to take into account Lebanon's reservations but the United States is backing its ally Israel's insistence that there will no immediate withdrawal after any ceasefire. As the diplomatic wrangling dragged on, the New York Times reported that Washington was considering an Israeli request for M-26 artillery rockets with cluster munitions it wants to use against suspected Hezbollah missile sites. A senior US official said the request was likely to be approved shortly, but other officials said the State Department was delaying approval amid concerns the munitions might cause civilian casualties and complicate diplomatic efforts to end the war. The senior official said there was discussion to block the sale because during Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon civilians were killed with the weapon, but added that the rockets would likely be delivered and that Israel would be told to "be careful."


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    Cabinet OKs expanding Israeli offensive August.9.2006


    JERUSALEM - Israel's Security Cabinet overwhelmingly decided Wednesday to send troops deeper into Lebanon in a major expansion of the ground war an attempt to further damage Hezbollah before a cease-fire is imposed. The decision could pressure the United Nations to work faster on a cease-fire deal to try to stop the offensive. A minister at the Cabinet meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give details of the plan, said the offensive might be held back for two or three days so as not interfere with cease-fire talks in the U.N. Security Council. However, senior military officials said it would begin far quicker than that, and soon after the Cabinet decision, a column of Israeli tanks and armored vehicles crossed the border and took up positions inside Lebanese territory. Israel is still working for a diplomatic solution, preferably in the Security Council," Cabinet Minister Isaac Herzog said, adding that the new offensive would run parallel to the negotiations. "We cannot wait forever. We have a million civilians living in bomb shelters, and we have to protect them.The decision came as fierce fighting was reported overnight with Hezbollah militants, and Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera reported 11 Israeli soldiers had been killed in what would be the deadliest day for Israeli troops in Lebanon in four weeks of fighting In a televised speech in Lebanon on Wednesday night, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah warned Israeli Arabs to leave the port city of Haifi "so we don't shed your blood, which is our blood." The city, Israel's third-largest, has been hit repeatedly by Hezbollah rockets. The Israeli Cabinet decision was risky. Israel could set itself up for new criticism that it is sabotaging diplomatic efforts, particularly after Lebanon offered to deploy its own troops in the border area. A wider ground offensive also might sharply increase the already-high number of casualties among Israeli troops. Since the fighting began, at least 700 people have died on the Lebanese side. The Israeli toll stood at 103 killed including 36 civilians. In the six-hour meeting, Cabinet officials were told a new offensive could mean 100 to 200 more military deaths, a participant said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters. At least 67 Israeli soldiers have been confirmed killed.  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke by telephone for a half-hour during the meeting. Olmert told the ministers the offensive will be accompanied by a diplomatic initiative, based on a U.S. French truce proposal that would take Lebanon's concerns into account, a participant in the meeting said. Under the army's plan, troops would push to Lebanon's Litani River, about 18 miles from the border. Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz will decide on the timing of the new push, said Trade Minister Eli Yishai, a member of the Security Cabinet. The assessment is it will last 30 days," said Yishai, who had abstained. He added that he thought the offensive would need to take longer. More than 10,000 Israeli troops are in Lebanon. They are fighting in a four mile stretch, and have encountered fierce resistance from Hezbollah. The decision on the wider offensive came a day after the commander of Israeli forces in Lebanon was sidelined in an unusual midwar shake up another sign of the growing dissatisfaction with the military, which has been unable to stop Hezbollah's rocket barrages. The army denied it was dissatisfied with Maj. Gen. Udi Adam, but military commentators said the commander was seen as too slow and cautious. The deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinski, was appointed to oversee the Lebanon fighting. At least six missiles fired from Israeli ships slammed into Beirut's southern suburbs as Israel continued its sporadic attacks on Shiite neighborhoods and Hezbollah strongholds, police said. Smoke and dust rose over several square blocks. About a mile away, some 400 people marched in a funeral for 30 of the 41 killed in an Israeli air strike earlier this week. They carried the bodies draped in Lebanon's green, red and white flag and chanted, Death to Israel! The Israeli military has declared a no drive zone south of the Litani and threatened to blast any moving vehicles. Country roads and highways were deserted. In the Lebanese coastal city of Tyre, only pedestrians ventured into the streets.  Al-Jazeera said 11 Israeli soldiers were killed in heavy fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas near the border.A Hezbollah statement said it killed or wounded 10 Israeli soldiers and destroyed a tank as it advanced toward the village of Qantara, north of the border.  The column of Israeli tanks, bulldozers and armored vehicles crossed into Lebanon from the Israeli town of Metulla under covering artillery fire and airstrikes, witnesses in the village of Bourj al-Mulouk said. The armor took positions about three miles inside Lebanon.  Israel also struck Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp, killing two people and wounding five. Lebanese and Palestinian officials said an Israeli gunship shelled the Ein el-Hilweh camp, but Israel's military said an airstrike targeted a house used by Hezbollah guerrillas. The camp is home to about 75,000 Palestinian refugees and their descendants who were displaced by the 1948 Arab Israeli war.  Air strikes also leveled a building in the Bekaa Valley town of Mashghara, trapping seven family members in the rubble. Five bodies were pulled out and the remaining two relatives were feared dead, officials said. Israeli warplanes dropped leaflets over Tyre and Beirut that criticized Nasrallah, saying he was "playing with fire" and that the Lebanese people were "paying the price. At least 19 Lebanese civilians were killed by air strikes Tuesday. Rescuers also pulled 28 more bodies from the wreckage, raising the death toll to 77 Lebanese killed Monday, the highest since the war began.  Hezbollah fired more than 160 rockets at Israel on Wednesday. Since the fighting began July 12, a total of 3,333 have been fired, officials said.  Diplomatic efforts moved slowly. Israel is skeptical of a Lebanese proposal to dispatch 15,000 soldiers to south Lebanon after a cease-fire and the withdrawal of Israeli forces.  We will not agree to a situation in which the diplomatic solution will not promise us stability and quiet for many years," Peretz told visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.  Lebanon's proposal to deploy troops on the border appeared to have taken Israel by surprise.  Israel has long demanded a deployment of Lebanese forces in the border area, but only coupled with a serious effort by Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah. Israel believes Lebanese forces are not strong or determined enough to do the job alone, and would like to see a multinational force in the area, as well.  Assistant Secretary of State David Welch carried a message to Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora from Israel that it would not pull its troops out of the country until an international peacekeeping force was in place, a senior Lebanese government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.  Saniora has praised Hezbollah's resistance, but said it was time for Lebanon to "impose its full control, authority and presence nationwide  as directed in previous U.N. resolutions that also called for the government to disarm Hezbollah. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the Lebanese proposal was significant, but President Bush warned against leaving a vacuum into which Hezbollah and its sponsors are able to move more weapons. While Bush said a U.N. resolution was needed quickly, the Security Council put off voting on a U.S.-French cease-fire proposal for at least a day. The delay was to allow three Arab envoys to present arguments that the resolution was heavily tilted in favor of Israel and did not "take Lebanon's interest and stability into account. In his speech, Nasrallah called the U.S.-French draft cease-fire plan "unfair and unjust," but said he supports deploying the Lebanese army in south Lebanon. Both the U.S. and French envoys to the U.N. indicated there might be room for limited compromise. Obviously we want to hear from the Arab League and then we'll decide where to go from there, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said. French President Jacques Chirac appealed to Washington to speed up its response to Arab nations' demands for changes to a resolution, saying that giving up the push for an immediate cease-fire would be the "most immoral" response.