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27 July 2006 :: 14:07:58 pm 32963

Costly Day For Israel

On Wednesday, Israel suffered its largest loss of life since the 15 day offensive against Hezbollah soldiers began. Nine people were reported being killed.
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   Fighting in Lebanon’s southern border city of Bint Jbeal, deemed by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) as Hezbollah’s “terror capital”, resulted in eight soldiers being killed and another 22 more injured.

   Israel says the town is a Hezbollah stronghold, used by the militants as a launching ground for the barrages of rockets fired daily into northern Israel.

   Hezbollah has yet to report any casualties since the beginning of the fighting. However, according to Israeli soldiers, there were heavy casualities amongst the Hezbollah fighters.

   The IDF have apparently taken control of the city, and have more troops on the way to secure the area.

   Later, another Israeli soldier was killed in the border village of Maroun al-Ras, which Israel moved into over the weekend after several days of fighting, bringing the death total on the day to nine.

   In the Lebanese port city of Tyre, Israeli air strikes destroyed a 10-story building, injuring 10 people. The building was targeted because IDF believed that the building housed launchers that fired missiles at Haifa.

   Smoke filled the sky after the two large explosions demolished the building. Nearby people were covered in dust and blood as they tried to flee the scene.

   The blast came just hours after a ship containing hundreds of foreigners deported the seaport in Tyre. Local resident are concerned that with the foriegners vacating the area, Israeli air strikes would intensify.

   The ship, chartered by Canada, was bound for Cyprus and contained Americans, Australians, Britons, Canadians and other nationalities.

   An emergency summit held in Rome on the escalating Israel-Hezbollah conflict failed to come up with a plan to immediately end the fighting.

   The talks were overshadowed by an outcry after an Israeli missile killed four UN observers on Tuesday.

   Although officials called for an immediate end to the violence, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said any ceasefire must be “sustainable” and that there could be “no return to the status quo ante.”

   “The ceasefire must be lasting, permanent and sustainable,” said a statement read by Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D‘Alema.

   Britain strongly supported that view, and Peter MacKay, Canada‘s foreign minister, said: “That was one of the topical issues: How do we ensure that this will not just be a ceasefire that will erupt in violence again, but a lasting peace?”

   A follow-up meeting has been scheduled for Aug. 1.

   More than 405 Lebanese and 51 Israelis have died in violence since Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid on 12 July.

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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