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Israel Shuts Road In South Lebanon

Israeli tank passing by a UN post at the Lebanese border on August 8 (epa) August 9, 2006 -- Israel shut down road traffic in south Lebanon today, declaring a no-drive zone south of the Litani River and threatening to attack any moving vehicle as a guerrilla target.

Meanwhile, fierce combat continued overnight near the southern village of Bint Jbail, a Hizballah stronghold that Israel has been trying to capture for weeks.

Lebanese police say Israel carried out overnight air strikes in the north, east, and center of Lebanon. Israel says it also launched air strikes against the house of a Hizballah guerrilla at a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon early today.

Lebanese police say at least two people were killed and 15 wounded at the camp of Ein el-Hilweh near the port city of Sidon.

In the Bekka Valley town of Mashghara, an air raid struck a building where a Hizballah official lived, killing at least five people.

(compiled from agency reports)

The Middle East Crisis

The Middle East Crisis
Israeli tanks poised on the border with Lebanon on August 2 (epa)

CLASH OF ARMS: Since mid-July, Israel has been battling Hizballah guerrillas in southern Lebanon and carrying out punishing air strikes throughout the country. International efforts to broker a cease-fire have met with one obstacle after another, as civilian casualties mount and a humanitarian crisis unfolds. Since Hizballah is closely supported by Syria and Iran, the conflict threatens constantly to develop into a regional conflagration.... (more)


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