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Post time 2006-7-19 22:27:56 |Display all floors
Israelis clash with Hezbollah guerrillas
By HUSSEIN DAKROUB, Associated Press Writer

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli troops clashed with Hezbollah guerrillas on the Lebanese side of the border Wednesday, while warplanes flattened buildings and killed at least 20 people overnight as fighting entered its second week with the U.S. signaling it will not push Israel toward a fast cease-fire.

In Beirut, Americans boarded a luxury ship to carry them from the country, with many complaining about the slow pace of the U.S. evacuation effort. Europeans and Lebanese with foreign passports already have fled by the thousands. Two Chinook transport helicopters also took 120 Americans to Larnaca in Cyprus and were to make at least one more trip later Wednesday.

Israeli bombers, which had been focusing on Hezbollah strongholds in southern Beirut, also hit a Christian suburb on the eastern side of the capital for the first time. The target was a truck-mounted machine used to drill for water but could have been mistaken for a missile launcher. The vehicle was destroyed, but nobody was hurt in that attack.

Military officials said Israeli troops crossed the border in search of tunnels and weapons. Hezbollah claimed to have "repelled" Israeli forces near the coastal border town of Naqoura. Casualties were reported on both sides.

The Israeli army confirmed there were clashes with Hezbollah in the border area and that some Israelis were among the casualties, but it would not elaborate. Hezbollah's Al-Manar television channel reported that two Israeli soldiers had been killed and three wounded, but that could not be confirmed. Hezbollah officials in south Lebanon added that one guerrilla had been killed.

Israel, which has mainly limited itself to attacks from the air and sea, had been reluctant to send in ground troops because Hezbollah is far more familiar with the terrain and because of memories of Israel's ill-fated 18-year occupation of south Lebanon that ended in 2000.

Israel declared Tuesday it was ready to fight Hezbollah guerrillas for several more weeks, raising doubts about international efforts to broker an immediate cease-fire. The fighting has killed nearly 300 people and displaced 500,000.

Israel said its airstrikes had destroyed "about 50 percent" of Hezbollah's arsenal. "It will take us time to destroy what is left," Brig. Gen. Alon Friedman, a senior army commander, told Israeli Army Radio.
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Post time 2006-7-19 23:13:29 |Display all floors
Originally posted by theshepherd at 2006-7-19 22:22
Good to see fellow forumites join and discuss this topic.

It is really sad to know more than 200 civilians (or at least most of them) have been killed in Israeli bombings. Just for two Israeli  ...


I seem to recall similar things between the Russians and Chinese in the late 60's. Where one side’s troops did something similar and it almost led to nuclear war. That, however, was about disputed territory. This was a brazen raid into a sovereign state, across a UN recognized boundary (then again, the UN is useless ^_^) by a private army. Israel has every right to defend itself in this instance. I mean, even the Arab League condemned Hezbollah, sorta says something about what happened, where Israel’s sworn enemies decry this attack against it.

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Post time 2006-7-19 23:44:33 |Display all floors

Cut the crap, just-mice you fat-nosed filthy jew!

Do jews respect UN resolutions? do jews respect the wishes of the international community? Then why do they present themselves as such blood-thirsty super-@ssholes to the world?

As if jews had a right to a land that was/is NOT theirs after being kicked out from almost every country in europe by unwelcoming hosts ??!! Oh... just because the laughable fairtale bible says so??

Exterminate yourselves, you fat-nosed filthy jew, so that the civilized global citizens wanting a nice, peaceful world don't have to dirty their hands!

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Post time 2006-7-20 00:20:15 |Display all floors

Only rat-like beings like this just-mice would defend cold-blooded killings...

... that are ongoing!

Death toll of innocent lebanese civilians slaughtered by the murderous israelis is quickly appraoching 300.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Tuesday released an estimate of 500,000 displaced Lebanese.

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Post time 2006-7-20 09:46:43 |Display all floors

Children are dying!

A wounded boy cries in a hospital after Israeli warplanes attacked several houses in the village of Srifa near the port-city of Tyre in southern Lebanon July 19, 2006.
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Post time 2006-7-20 09:47:47 |Display all floors

Give the children a chance!

A wounded boy rests in a hospital after Israeli warplanes attacked several houses in the village of Srifa near the port-city of Tyre in southern Lebanon July 19, 2006.
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Post time 2006-7-20 12:20:48 |Display all floors
Originally posted by justicefishy at 2006-7-19 23:13
I seem to recall similar things between the Russians and Chinese in the late 60's. Where one side’s troops did something similar and it almost led to nuclear war. That, however, was about disputed territory. This was a brazen raid into a sovereign state, across a UN recognized boundary (then again, the UN is useless ^_^) by a private army. Israel has every right to defend itself in this instance. I mean, even the Arab League condemned Hezbollah, sorta says something about what happened, where Israel’s sworn enemies decry this attack against it.

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let's not forget that this sovereign state is occupying large chunks of arab land... not to mention the fact that they're holding thousands of arab prisoners, both soldiers and civilians...

private army or not, hezbollah has much support among the lebanese population and indeed the muslim world at large.

clearly this has gone well beyond self-defence... immediately after capturing the two israelis hezbollah called for a cease-fire to arrange a prisoner exchange.

and while it's true that certain arab leaders have criticised hezbollah, it should be noted that these leaders are sunnis who fear the rise of a shia powerblock...

one should also question whether or not these leaders truly represent the voice on the street...

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