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Israel vows to keep up Lebanon offensive
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Date : 2006-07-25 12:47:50                      Reader : 282
Such Nazi atrocities need urgent move from UN, EU,WB, IMF, Security Council to stop Israel bloody offensive.
Why Israel is above the law ? How Israel claims application of UN resolution 159 in Lebanon , While Israel challenges and rejects more than sixty UN resolutions ? UN must apply article 7 of its charter to penalize Israel , other wise UN will not be respected due to selective policy and dual measures.

 

Associated France Press (AFP) 25/7/2006

Israel vows to keep up Lebanon offensive

 

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed to continue Israel’s bloody offensive in Lebanon as he kicked off talks on the conflict with visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Rice said it was "time for a new Middle East," reiterating Washington’s backing for the Israeli blitz that has drawn widespread international condemnation and warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe.

"Israel is determined to carry on the fight against Hezbollah," Olmert told a press conference ahead of his talks with Washington’s top diplomat.

"We are not fighting the Lebanese government or the Lebanese people. We are fighting against Hezbollah," he said.

"The Lebanese government I hope will make an effort to distance themselves from Hezbollah... (which) will certainly help to facilitate the effort to end the war," he said.

Rice repeated Washington’s earlier stance that an immediate ceasefire would only put off a long-term solution to the conflict.

"A durable solution will be one that strengthens the forces of peace and democracy in the region," and "lay the groundwork for an enduring peace in this region," she said.

"The people of this region, Israelis, Lebanese, and the Palestinians have lived too long in fear, and in terror, and in violence," she said.

"I have no doubt there are those who wish to strangle a democracy and sovereign Lebanon in its crib," Rice said.

"I have no desire to be back in three weeks, or three months or six months when once again these extremists have decided to use their advantages to destablize peace," Rice said.

Israel launched its offensive after militants from Hezbollah killed eight of its soldiers and seized another two in a cross-border raid on July 12.

It says it will keep up the blitz until the soldiers are returned and Hezbollah is weakened enough to stop firing rockets into northern Israel.

On the ground in Lebanon Israel forces took up positions on hilltops overlooking Hezbollah’s military headquarters in Bint Jbeil on Monday after the army said it had taken control of the Lebanese border town.

"Beit Jbeil is in our hands," General Alon Friedman, one of Israel’s top commanders for its northern region, told Israeli army radio.

Two soldiers were killed in pitched battles with Shiite militiamen near Bint Jbeil on Monday as Israeli forces moved deeper into Lebanon in an increasingly deadly conflict that is now in its 14th day.

Fourteen other soldiers were wounded, six reportedly hit by friendly fire.

Beit Jbeil, the main town in the border region as well as being a Hezbollah stronghold, lies north of the strategic hilltop village of Marun al-Ras, which the Israeli army captured at the weekend.

"Our aim in Beit Jbeil is to destroy the infrastructure of Hezbollah and to liquidate that organization’s terrorists in order to reduce the (rocket) attacks on the north," Friedman said.

It was not clear however, if the Israel forces were actually inside the town, which lies just a few kilometres from the border, or were controlling it from outside.

Israel’s advancing forces traded fire with Hezbollah guerrillas along the road between Marun al-Ras and Bint Jbeil before reaching two strategic hilltops overlooking the town from the southeast and southwest, Lebanese police said.

On Monday, Israeli forces had tried to advance on Bint Jbeil but faced fierce resistance from Hezbollah and stopped just short of reaching the outskirts of the town.

The latest military deaths brought to 41 -- 24 servicemen and 17 civilians -- the toll of Israelis killed since the crisis erupted on July 12 after Hezbollah militants captured two soldiers and killed eight others in cross-border attacks.

Elsewhere in southern Lebanon a family of seven, including at least two children, was killed when an Israeli missile slammed into their home, police said.

The deaths pushed the toll in Lebanon since the start of Israel’s offensive against Hezbolah two weeks ago to 381 killed, according to a compiled count of reports from medics, police and Hezbollah.

Almost all of them, 334 people, were civilians.

According to security forces, 27 Lebanese soldiers and police have been killed since Israeli attacks began July 12. About 800 civilians and 81 soldiers and police have been wounded.

Hezbollah said that it has lost 19 of its fighters, plus one from the allied Amal militia.

An estimated 800,000 civilians have been displaced by the conflict, which UN agencies and European countries are calling a "catastrophe".

Much of Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure have been destroyed by Israeli warplanes and artillery, including most main roads and bridges, petrol stations, grain silos, water pumping stations, and communications and television towers.

Beirut itself was spared Monday as Rice made an unannounced visit to speak with Lebanese leaders, and that relative calm in the capital continued Tuesday as she pursued her mission in Israel.


 
 
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