Among the issues on the table at Rice's meetings are U.S. demands Hizbollah withdraw away from Israel's border, the deployment of an international force alongside the Lebanese army in the area and the return of the Israeli soldiers. Rice and Olmert were also expected to deal with what can be done to ease the suffering for civilians in Lebanon, which estimates almost one-fifth of its population has been displaced by Israeli bombing. Most of the dead are civilians. Olmert said Israel was "very conscious" of the humanitarian needs of civilians in Lebanon. The United States backs the idea of a humanitarian corridor to get help to the needy, an idea Israel says it could support. One of the key sticking points for a ceasefire is the sequence of events for a deal. Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri, an ally of Hizbollah and close to Syria, told Rice in Beirut a ceasefire should come first, followed by an exchange of prisoners and then discussion of other issues, a Lebanese political source said. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who has pleaded for an immediate ceasefire, was more open to Rice's proposal and discussed ways of developing her ideas, his office said. Israel wants Hizbollah to leave the border area immediately and free the captured soldiers without conditions. Many of the issues will be discussed at an international conference in Rome on Wednesday. But ground raids and air strikes have failed to stop Hizbollah firing rockets into northern Israeli cities, where they have killed 17 civilians so far. More than 100 rockets fell on Monday, wounding at least 11 people. Israel says it would accept an international force to dislodge Hizbollah guerrillas from the border and several European Union nations have said they were ready to contribute to a U.N. peace force. But just as Hizbollah has fought Israeli attempts to drive it from the south, it would likely resist an international effort to do the same. Israel's Lebanon offensive has coincided with its push into the Gaza Strip to try to recover the soldier captured by Palestinian militants and halt rocket fire. Israeli forces have killed at least 121 Palestinians in the month since then. And morn news President Bush has ordered helicopters and ships to Lebanon to provide humanitarian aide, the White House announced. Welch, the assistant secretary of state, said the U.S. was offering $30 million largely in goods, part of what was hoped would be a $100 million to $150 million U.N. aid package. He said the U.S. assistance would include medical kits for 100,000 people as well as 20,000 blankets. We are working with Israel and Lebanon to open up humanitarian corridors, Bush spokesman Tony Snow said at the White House. Nearly 12,000 Americans have been evacuated over the past week, including more than 2,000 in the past 24 hours, said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman. BEIRUT, Lebanon - An Israeli jet fired a missile into a house in south Lebanon early Tuesday, killing seven people, hospital and security officials said. At least one other person, a woman, was wounded in the attack in the market town of Nabatiyeh, officials said.It was not immediately clear why Israel targeted the house, which belonged to a man named Mohammed Ghandour. He, his wife and his son were among the seven killed, security officials said.They said a man named Saad Hamza, his wife, an unidentified man and two children were alsoThe attack came a day after Israeli troops battled their way to a key Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon, seizing a hilltop in heavy fighting and capturing two guerrillas, according to the Israeli army.