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More die in fresh Lebanon strikes
by BBC (reposted)
Sunday Jul 16th, 2006 11:01 AM
Israeli air raids have killed at least 16 people in southern Lebanon hours after a deadly Hezbollah rocket attack on the Israeli city of Haifa.
The strikes on the port city of Tyre came as Israel continued raids, which have killed more than 115 Lebanese.

Earlier, eight civilians died and dozens were injured in Haifa, in the worst attack on Israel since clashes with Lebanon began five days ago.

Israeli PM Ehud Olmert said the attack would have "far-reaching consequences".

The Israeli air strikes began after Hezbollah seized two Israeli soldiers in a raid into Israel on Wednesday.

In other developments:

* Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says the battle against Israel is "just at the beginning", in his first televised appearance since the offensive

* Iran's foreign ministry denies Israeli allegations that it supplied missiles to Hezbollah and warns Israel it will incur "unimaginable losses" if it attacks fellow Hezbollah supporters Syria

* The Israeli military recovers the bodies of three sailors missing after their ship was hit by a Hezbollah missile on Friday, bringing the number of Israeli troops killed in the Lebanon offensive to 12

* Israel raises the rocket alert threat as far south as Tel Aviv

* European Union Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana arrives in Beirut for talks on the crisis

* G8 leaders call for the release of the Israeli soldiers seized by militants.

Israel rattled

Dozens more were wounded in the Israeli strike on a building housing civil defence workers in Tyre.

by CNN (Reposted)
Sunday Jul 16th, 2006 11:02 AM
BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- Israeli airstrikes pounded the southern suburbs of Beirut on Sunday, hours after a rocket attack on Haifa killed eight Israelis.

The militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the attack on Haifa, saying it was responding to overnight Israeli airstrikes inside Lebanon.

Shortly after Haifa was hit, the head of Israel's northern command, Maj. Gen. Udi Adam, warned civilians in southern Lebanon to head north because "in two or three hours we are going to attack south Lebanon heavily."

CNN's Alessio Vinci described the scene in the southern part of Beirut as "utter destruction," with buildings collapsed and large areas devastated.

The Israeli military said the airstrikes hit buildings where Hezbollah members lived and worked.

The Associated Press reported that the airstrikes reduced entire apartment buildings to rubble and knocked out electricity in parts of Beirut.

Earlier, journalist Anthony Mills said he heard at least six bombings near the Lebanese capital between 11 a.m. and noon (4 a.m. and 5 a.m. ET).

Lebanese officials said Sunday that 104 people have been killed and 286 wounded in the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militants that began Wednesday.

A total of 12 Israeli civilians and 12 Israeli military personnel have been killed since Wednesday. More than 100 others have been wounded.

The AP reported Sunday that an Israeli airstrike in the southern port city of Tyre killed nine civilians and wounded 42, according to security officials, and that five of those killed in Israeli airstrikes in Lebanon on Sunday held Canadian citizenship.

by ALJ
Sunday Jul 16th, 2006 11:03 AM
Israeli warplanes have killed at least 25 civilians and wounded 33 others in a series of new air attacks on southern Lebanon.

One air strike killed at least 10 people in the coastal city of Tyre on Sunday evening. Another raid destroyed several houses near the Israeli border and killed at least 16 civilians.

The latest deaths mean that Israel's offensive against Hezbollah and Lebanon has killed at least 130 people since Wednesday.

Most of the civilian victims of today's attacks died when their homes were struck by Israeli bombs or missiles, Lebanese police said.


Earlier Hezbollah killed eight Israeli civilians and wounded a dozen more when it fired 20 long-range missiles at Israel's northern city of Haifa on Sunday morning.

Following the attack, Israel warned Lebanese civilians to evacuate the border areas, saying that it would take unilateral military action to stop Hezbollah from carrying out more rocket attacks.

"We asked people in seven villages to evacuate the villages for their own safety since we will be operating in those areas," said an Israeli army spokesman.