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IDF says army leveling 1km of territory inside south Lebanon
by Haaretz (reposted)
Monday Jul 17th, 2006 7:06 AM
A senior Israel Defense Forces officer told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday that IDF troops had leveled land inside Lebanese territory extending up to one kilometer from Israel's northern frontier.
The objective is to prevent the reestablishment of Hezbollah guerilla posts along Israel's border.

Earlier Monday, Defense Minister Amir Peretz said that Israel intends to create an unmanned buffer zone in south Lebanon, from where Hezbollah has been pounding Israel with rockets for the past six days.

"One of the aims of the [military] operation is to establish a security area in Lebanon, without the presence of IDF soldiers," Peretz said.

by CNN (reposted)
Monday Jul 17th, 2006 7:07 AM
BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- Amid renewed cross-border fighting between Israeli and Hezbollah forces, Israel said Monday that it intends to create a buffer zone in southern Lebanon to stop rocket attacks from the militant group.

"We intend to complete this operation. We have no intention of allowing anyone to stop us before we complete the creation of a buffer zone," Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said.

Several suspected Hezbollah rockets hit the northern Israeli city of Haifa on Monday -- the sixth day of fighting that began after Hezbollah guerrillas abducted two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid.

A large cloud of smoke could be seen coming from near the port area of Haifa, Israel's third-largest city. Another rocket landed in the sea.

A rocket also struck a residential building. Two wounded people were removed from the building.

The barrage also hit the towns of Sefad and Tiberias, but no casualties were reported, Israeli medical sources said.

by Accomplished What?
Monday Jul 17th, 2006 1:37 PM
And, after all of this effort, Little Katie still finds its way to Israel. The Israeli High Command should rethink its strategy and tactics.