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Syria | Lebanon Newslinks 14-15 July 2006

Date: 15 July 2006

Holy Land – Unholy War

Military Action Trumps Diplomacy:
The roadmap to peace is turning into pathways for new conflicts in the Middle East. Facing rocket attacks and abductions, Israel has hammered into Gaza and now Lebanon with force, with no solution in sight to this new spiral of violence.

Refugees Speak of Catastrophic Bombing

Dahr Jamail
LEBANON-SYRIA BORDER – Refugees fleeing Beirut in the face of Israeli air attacks are speaking of “haphazard bombings” and a crisis situation developing in the city.

Israeli warplanes bombed the suburbs of Beirut overnight, killing three people and wounding 55, according to Lebanese police. Residents reported at least four Israeli missile strikes early Friday morning. The Lebanese military responded with anti-aircraft fire.

Lebanese Tremors Rock Syria

Dahr Jamail
DAMASCUS – Syrians are outraged over Israeli air strikes in Lebanon that have killed 27 civilians and closed down Beirut’s international airport.

Bush Faces Major Choice Amid Escalation in Mideast

Analysis by Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON – The sudden opening Wednesday by Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia of a second front in Israel’s ongoing campaign against Hamas militants in Gaza presents the Bush administration with an escalating crisis that, until now, it has preferred to ignore.

U.N. Action in Gaza, North Korea Stalled by Veto Threats

Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS – The two draft resolutions currently before the United Nations Security Council — one to punish North Korea for last week’s missile tests and the other to condemn Israel for its military incursion into Gaza last month — are virtually in limbo.

The deadlock has been aggravated further by Wednesday’s invasion of southern Lebanon by Israeli military forces in retaliation for the kidnapping of two soldiers by Hezbollah, an Islamic militant group influential in Lebanese politics.

Israel Returns From Gaza With Little

Peter Hirschberg
JERUSALEM – Even as Israeli troops, backed by armoured vehicles and Apache attack helicopters, thrust into northern Gaza, political leaders were insisting the foray was temporary and military officials were wondering whether the operation had any hope of achieving its stated goal — ending rocket fire by Palestinian militants into Israel.

MIDEAST: Growing Calls for U.S. to Step In

Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON – Amid worsening violence between Palestinian fighters and the Israeli military in Gaza, calls are mounting here for the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush to take a stronger role in ending the escalating conflict.

Egypt Steps In Doubtfully

Adam Morrow

Israel may lack exit strategy for conflicts in Gaza, Lebanon
San Jose Mercury News – CA, USA
JERUSALEM – Israel’s dual military campaigns – one in Gaza that began two
weeks ago and the other that exploded this week in Lebanon – began with
the same goal …

Lebanon’s Hizbollah, Israel head for bitter showdown
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
An Israeli army 155mm mobile artillery piece fires into southern Lebanon
from a position on the frontier in Zaura July 14, 2006. …

Thousands of Iraqis demonstrate for Lebanon
Jerusalem Post – Israel
Thousands of Iraqis demonstrated in Baghdad on Friday praising the leader
of Lebanon’s Hizbullah group and denouncing Israel and the United States
for attacks …

Crisis in Lebanon escalates as Israel intensify strikes
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
Photocredit: World Vision Lebanon staff. Israel has … national office.
‘World Vision Lebanon’s dream is bringing hope to children. …

Four Israelis missing as warship hit off Lebanon – TV – UK
DUBAI (Reuters) – Four Israeli troops were missing after their warship
was hit off the coast of Lebanon on Friday in an attack claimed by Hizbollah,
Al Jazeera …

Lebanon’s Government Appears to Be at a Stand Still
New York Times – United States
BY FATTAH. BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 14—They came into office waving Lebanon’s
flag, victorious over Syria, promising to usher a new age for Lebanon.

Timeline: Decades of conflict in Lebanon, Israel
The State Department has set up two phone numbers for Americans in Lebanon,
or for families who have children there, to get information on security,
ways to …

Hizbullah criticized in Lebanon
Jerusalem Post – Israel
The bloody fight Hizbullah picked with Israel has aggravated the longtime
split in Lebanon over the guerrilla group – and raised worries about whether

State Dept.: ‘Consider leaving Lebanon’
Jerusalem Post – Israel
The US State Department said Friday that Americans in Lebanon should consider
leaving when it is safe to do so, and officials made contingency plans
for the …
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Syria says fully backs Hizbullah against Israel
Ynetnews – Israel
Syria will support Hizbullah and Lebanon against Israel’s attacks, ruling
Baath Party says. Italian PM discusses situation with …,7340,L-3275841,00.html

Bush: Iran, Syria to blame for Lebanon
Monsters and – Glasgow,UK
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (UPI) — President George W. Bush condemned Iran
and Syria for their support of Hezbollah, blaming them for the chaos in
Lebanon. …

Syria says fully backs Hizbollah against Israel
Washington Post – United States
DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Syria will support Hizbollah and Lebanon against Israel’s
attacks on the country, the ruling Baath Party said on Friday, defying
the …

Syria will back Hezbollah: Baath Party
Melbourne Herald Sun – Australia
… US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday Syria must
put pressure on Hezbollah to release two soldiers it captured on Wednesday.,21985,19796746-5005961,00.html

Airlines Increase Syria Flights To Free Beirut Stranded
Airwise – USA
Global airlines suspended dozens of flights to Lebanon on Friday and some
deployed extra planes to Syria to pick up hundreds of passengers stranded
after …

Bush Splits From Other Leaders on Lebanon Crisis
Los Angeles Times – CA,USA
… split sharply from other world leaders Friday in his approach to the
deepening crisis in the Middle East as he declined a request from Lebanon’s
prime minister …

Little progress in cooling Israel-Lebanon conflict
CNN International – USA
Do you think the Israeli military response inside Lebanon is justified?
The State Department has set up two phone numbers for Americans …

Israel continues strikes in Lebanon; Hezbollah hits ship
Chicago Tribune – United States
… home and office of the leader of Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah,
in southern Beirut on Friday and tightened a land, air and sea blockade
of Lebanon in an …

Italian PM criticizes Israeli offensive in Lebanon
People's Daily Online – Beijing,China
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi criticized Israel on Friday for the
scale of its attacks on Lebanon and called on both sides to halt hostilities
immediately …

Turkey urges citizens to postpone visits to Lebanon
People's Daily Online – Beijing,China
Turkish Foreign Ministry urged Turkish citizens on Friday to postpone travels
to Lebanon which is under intensified Israeli bombardments. …

Missile hits civilian boat off Lebanon-Israel – UK
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A missile fired at an Israeli naval vessel off Lebanon
hit a civilian boat, possibly from Egypt, the Israeli army said on Saturday.

Date: 14 July 2006

EU fears Israel’s offensive in Lebanon may draw Syria into the …
Hindu – Chennai,India
Helsinki, July. 14 (AP): The European Union said on Friday it is concerned
Israel’s offensive in Lebanon may spread, drawing Syria into the fighting.

Tremors rock Syria
Asia Times Online – Kowloon,Hong Kong
… Yakhour, a 60-year-old retired journalist, said political parties in
Syria had been calling for a peaceful political process in the Middle
East for the past 30 …

Finland’s FM: Syria could get involved in Lebanon
Jerusalem Post – Israel
Finland’s Foreign Minister expressed concern on Friday that Syria was likely
to join the fray between the IDF and Hizbullah forces in Lebanon. …

Lebanon says Bush to press Israel to limit attacks
Reuters – USA
… Reuters) – President Bush telephoned Prime Minister Fouad Siniora on
Friday and assured him he was pressing Israel to contain the damage to
Lebanon and avoid …

EU: Israel Uses “Disproportionate Force” in Lebanon
Deutsche Welle – Germany
… in the Middle East has the world’s attention, including that of the
European Union, which has accused Israel of “disproportionate use of force”
in Lebanon. …,2144,2095871,00.html

Bush Promises Lebanon to Pressure Israel to Stop Attacks
FOX News – USA
PETERSBURG, Russia — President Bush promised Lebanon’s leader Friday
that he would urge Israel to avoid civilian casualties and damage as it
steps up attacks …,2933,203476,00.html

Lebanon steps up bombardment of Lebanon – Lyon,France
Israel has intensified its air attacks on Lebanon, concentrating them on
the southern suburbs of Beirut. Residents have been inspecting …

Israel widens offensive on Lebanon
EiTB – Euskadi,Spain
Israel battered roads, mobile phone antennas and fuel tanks in Lebanon
on Friday, further devastating its neighbour’s economy after Hezbollah
guerrillas …

Bar-On: We’ll bring Wild West to Southern Lebanon
Ynetnews – Israel
… Bar-On met with representatives of the local councils to listen to
their grievances and present to them the objectives of the Lebanon operation
as stipulated …,7340,L-3275557,00.html

Lebanon escalation triggers concern
Kathimerini – Athens,Greece
As Greece expressed “serious concern” over the Israeli attacks on Lebanon,
the Foreign Ministry said yesterday that it is on standby and ready to
evacuate …

Israel Blockades, Bombs Lebanon While Hezbollah Rains Rocket Fire
Washington Post – United States
BEIRUT, July 14 — Israel pounded Lebanon with airstrikes and artillery
for a second straight day on Friday, blasting airport runways, a power
plant and the …

Three killed, 55 wounded in Israeli airstrikes on Lebanon
Hindu – Chennai,India
14 (AP): Israel has widened its offensive on Lebanon, with fighter bombers
blasting the airport for a second day today, residential buildings in
the southern …

Middle East II: Israel’s invasion, Syria’s war
International Herald Tribune – France
It must also be seen as a spinoff of a general counterattack against American
and Israeli power in the region by Iran and Syria, operating through Hezbollah

Middle East: Syria, Iran Loom Larger In Israel-Lebanon Crisis
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty – Prague,Czech Republic
… But could the conflict broaden into a war between Israel and Syria,
or even Iran — two countries Israel accuses of bankrolling Hizballah
and supporting Hamas? …

US says Syria must act responsibly
KRIS-TV – Corpus Christi,TX,USA
UNDATED The US is calling on Syria and others who have influence with Hezbollah
to act responsibly and bring pressure on the militant group to release
Israeli …

Syria says tells Hizbollah: stop rocketing Israel
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Syria is telling Lebanon’s Hizbollah movement to stop
firing rockets at Israel in a conflict sparked by the capture of two Israeli
soldiers …

Holiday in hell: Australians stranded in Lebanon
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THOUSANDS of Australians are stranded in Lebanon with no safe route out
of the besieged country but the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
has no …

Israel Strikes New Targets in Lebanon
Chosun Ilbo – Seoul,South Korea
Israeli warplanes, navy vessels and ground artillery continued to pound
targets across Lebanon on Friday, sealing off Lebanese ports from the
outside world …

Egypt, Jordan condemn Israeli attacks on Lebanon
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
CAIRO, July 14 (Reuters) – Egypt and Jordan condemned Israeli attacks on
Lebanon and the Palestinian territories on Friday and called on all sides
to show self …

Iran calls for outside intervention in Lebanon
Jerusalem Post – Israel
… Manouchehr Mottaki on Friday said the United Nations and international
community should intervene immediately to stop Israel’s military offensive
in Lebanon. …

Israel continues assault on Lebanon
ABC Online – Australia
MARK COLVIN: Israel has continued to step up its attacks in Lebanon aimed
at crushing Hezbollah, destroying roads, communications lines and fuel
tanks as well …

Israel keeps up Lebanon assault
Swissinfo – Switzerland
… US President George W. Bush telephoned Prime Minister Fouad Siniora
and assured him he was pressing Israel to “contain the damage” to Lebanon
and avoid …

Israel carries out further attacks in Lebanon
ABC Online – Australia
… Our correspondent, David Hardaker has this report. DAVID HARDAKER:
The people of southern Lebanon woke to a familiar nightmare this morning.

Lebanon fighting pushes oil prices past $78/barrel
Jerusalem Post – Israel
… Israel widened its offensive on Lebanon on Friday, with fighter bombers
blasting the airport for a second day and cutting the main highway to
Syria. …

Rockets hit Israel’s Safed, two seriously wounded
Reuters – USA
JERUSALEM, July 13 (Reuters) – Seven rockets fired from Lebanon hit the
northern Israeli town of Safed on Thursday, wounding 11 people, two seriously,
medics …

Syria Threatens Israel with Attacks
The Conservative Voice – Kernersville,NC,USA
By Sher Zieve – On Friday, Syria threatened Israel with attacks on its
nuclear facilities. A statement by Syrian Ambassador to …

Saudi Tourists in Syria Rethink Leisure Plans
Arab News – Jeddah,Saudi Arabia
DAMASCUS, 14 July 2006 — Saudi summer tourists in Syria are rethinking
their leisure plans after Israeli forces attacked Lebanon. …

Ambassador: Syria wants to stay out of conflict
Jerusalem Post – Israel
Syria wants to stay out of the conflict between Israel and Lebanon and
is trying to restrain Hizbullah from firing missiles into northern Israel,
the country’s …

EU worries Mideast conflict could spread to Syria
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… Friday that the situation in the Middle East could deteriorate further
after Israel’s military offensive in Lebanon, with conflict possibly spreading
to Syria. …

Blundering into Lebanon
Guardian Unlimited – UK
… captured Israeli soldiers [on] Wednesday,” he writes, “a furious Lt
Gen Dan Halutz warned that the Israeli army would ‘turn back the clock
in Lebanon by 20 …

France condemns Israel, Bush talks to Lebanon PM
Reuters – USA
PARIS (Reuters) – France condemned Israel’s offensive in Lebanon on Friday
as “completely disproportionate” and Beirut said it had been assured by
President …

PE family escapes Lebanon bombings
Independent Online – Cape Town,South Africa
… Friday. Peter Makowem, his wife Jacqui and three children were in Beirut
when Israel launched its military attack on Lebanon. Matt …

Lebanon seeks UN cease-fire
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Lebanon urged the UN Security Council on Friday
to quickly impose a cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon, but Israel
said it was …

Israel’s response in Lebanon called ‘disproportionate’
Christian Science Monitor – Boston,MA,USA
As Israel continued its bombardment of Lebanon in response to the kidnapping
of two soldiers by Hizbollah, Russia, France, and the European Union criticized

Chirac: Israeli Strikes in Lebanon Disproportionate
Voice of America – USA
French President Jacques Chirac says it appears Israel is trying to deliberately
destroy Lebanon’s infrastructure on the second day of strikes on the region.

Ministry says Lebanon too dangerous for travellers
New Zealand Herald – New Zealand
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is warning New Zealanders against
travelling to Lebanon, saying there is extreme risk to their safety. …

UN begins emergency debate on Lebanon
The Australian – Sydney,Australia
THE UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting on Lebanon here Friday,
with Beirut demanding support for an immediate end to the daily Israeli,20867,19795508-1702,00.html

More than 2,000 Kuwaitis safely cross Lebanese border into Syria
Kuwait News Agency – Kuwait
DAMASCUS, June 14 (KUNA) — The number of Kuwaiti citizens who crossed
the Lebanese border into Syria reached more than 2,000 on Friday, said
Consular Affairs …

Any Israeli attack on Syria would prove foolish: govt. spokesman – Tehran,Iran
July 14 (MNA) — Government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said on Friday
that a possible attack by the Zionist regime against Syria would be utter
foolishness …

Syria Must Be Liberated
Epoch Times – New York,NY,USA
… of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah, and the Israeli military reaction
to it, has focused many a mind on the terrorist group’s ties to Iran and
Syria. …



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