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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 04:58 PM
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4. Guardian link/story bits,,1836509,
Israel today threatened to reoccupy most of the strip of southern Lebanon it withdrew from in 2000, as Hizbullah recorded its most deadly day of attacks on Israel since the start of the 23-day conflict.'''

Israeli officers had hoped that occupation of the five-mile strip would prevent Hizbullah targeting the north of Israel, but officials said the severity of today's rocket attacks necessitated a broader invasion.

"We have completed the first stage, taking control over more or less the area of the special security zone we wanted to establish," Alon Friedman, head of Northern Command headquarters, told Israel's Channel One television. But he added: "There are still villages that aren't clean and from where there is resistance, and in the coming days we will apparently have to continue to clean them."

Overnight, Israeli warplanes renewed air strikes against suspected Hizbullah targets in the battered suburbs of Beirut and around the southern port city of Tyre for the first time in nearly a week. Officials today said around 70 sites had been targeted and leaflets had been dropped on three Shia suburbs of the city warning of fresh air strikes....(more@link)

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