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Israel kills at least 17 Lebanese civilians fleeing southern border areas
by BBC (reposted)
Saturday Jul 15th, 2006 10:48 AM
An Israeli air raid has killed at least 17 Lebanese civilians who were fleeing southern border areas.
Women and children were among those killed when the convoy was hit. "Bodies litter the road," an eyewitness said.

Israel has expanded its campaign launched after Hezbollah militants seized two Israeli soldiers. More than 70 Lebanese have been killed.

Hezbollah has responded with rockets. Several have hit the town of Tiberias in the deepest such attack in Israel.

Three Israeli sailors are missing after their ship was hit by a Hezbollah missile on Friday. The body of a fourth was found, according to Israeli media.

The ship had caught fire after it was hit by an Iranian-made missile, the Israeli military said.

Israeli jets have also fired rockets on the Lebanon-Syrian border.

The exact location of the Israeli action is not clear, but Syria has denied that Israel hit targets in its territory.

"The air force is bombing roads and bridges on the border between Lebanon and Syria to prevent Hezbollah from taking our captured soldiers out of the country," an Israeli army spokeswoman said, quoted by the Agence France Presse news agency.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said the offensive will continue until Hezbollah releases the soldiers and stops firing rockets at Israel.

At least four people have been injured in the Tiberias rocket-fire, which came as Israel deployed Patriot interceptor missiles in the northern port city of Haifa.

In other attacks:

* Israeli planes struck the northern port city of Tripoli, and carried out raids in north and north-eastern Lebanon for the first time

* They targeted the port and a lighthouse in the capital Beirut and destroyed the headquarters of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah amid a series of strikes on the southern suburbs, which are a Hezbollah stronghold

* Three civilians were killed in an Israeli attack in Hermel, on the border with Syria, Hezbollah's al-Manar TV said

* Israeli warplanes also targeted sites in the eastern city of Baalbek.

Nowhere to flee

A number of families were fleeing their village of Marwahin on the Israeli border when their convoy was struck by missiles on the coastal road to Tyre, a UN spokesman told the BBC.

by ALJ
Saturday Jul 15th, 2006 10:51 AM
At least 12 Lebanese villagers, including women and children, were killed on Saturday in an Israeli air strike on vehicles fleeing a village in southern Lebanon, a witness said.

The convoy was leaving the border village of Marwahin when it was attacked.

An Associated Press photographer said he counted 12 bodies in two cars that were destroyed by the attack shortly after midday (0900GMT).

An adviser to Lebanon's health minister put the toll at about 15. Hasan Hutait told Aljazeera that two cars had been directly hit by Israeli fire.

The deaths brought the toll in Israel's offensive in Lebanon to 79, Hutait said, adding that a total of 250 have been wounded.


Hours earlier, Israeli forces across the border told villagers by loudspeaker to leave the area or else the village would be destroyed. They did not give a reason for the ultimatum.

"Israeli forces threatened us on Saturday at 8 am to destroy our town if we do not evacuate it," Akram Ghannam, a resident of Marwahin, told Aljazeera on Saturday.

by Before intnl comm. takes a stand
Saturday Jul 15th, 2006 4:25 PM
Before the international community intervenes?
by UK Independent (reposted)
Saturday Jul 15th, 2006 11:17 PM
Israeli warplanes yesterday stepped up what has become the most intense bombardment of Lebanon since its 1982 invasion with airstrikes that claimed 34 lives, according to Lebanese security officials

Lebanon's Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, said Israel had turned his country into a "disaster zone" and demanded a UN- backed ceasefire. He also pledged to extend his government's control over all of Lebanon, signalling he wants to end Hizbollah's autonomy in the south ­ a top Israeli demand.

The Israeli government said that the thrust of its military offensive in Lebanon would remain intact, despite the serious blow inflicted by Hizbollah's unprecedented use of a radar-guided Iranian missile to attack one of its warships.

The Israeli bombing was directed at what the army described as Hizbollah strongholds in southern Beirut, as well as roads, bridges and fuel installations across the country.

An Israeli missile incinerated a van in southern Lebanon, killing 20 people, among them 15 children. Police said the van was carrying two families fleeing the village of Marwaheen after Israeli loudspeaker warnings to leave their homes.

Other raids on north, east and south Lebanon killed 14 people and wounded 37. At least 103 people, all but four of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's four-day-old assault.

Israel Air Force planes fired rockets at the Masnaa crossing point near the Lebanese-Syrian border. The Israeli military was quick to insist that the bombardment was on the Lebanese side of the border and there had been no intention to target Syria.