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7/18/06-BEIRUT, Lebanon

Israel Hits Lebanese Army Barracks, Kills 9

Lebanese soldiers try to get a blaze under control Monday after an explosion in Kfarshima, near Beirut. Lebanese soldiers try to get a blaze under control Monday after an explosion in Kfarshima, near Beirut.
Rescuers carry the body of a woman from a car that an Israeli missile struck near the Lebanese port of Sidon. Rescuers carry the body of a woman from a car that an Israeli missile struck near the Lebanese port of Sidon.
A Lebanese man surveys the wreckage of a storage depot that an Israeli airstrike targeted in Choueifat, at the southern edge of the Lebanese capital. A Lebanese man surveys the wreckage of a storage depot that an Israeli airstrike targeted in Choueifat, at the southern edge of the Lebanese capital.
A civil defense rescuer gestures for help as a car with a driver trapped inside burns near Sidon, Lebanon. An Israeli missile had struck the vehicle on a bridge in the southern village of Ghaziyeh. A civil defense rescuer gestures for help as a car with a driver trapped inside burns near Sidon, Lebanon. An Israeli missile had struck the vehicle on a bridge in the southern village of Ghaziyeh.
Two babies are among the French expatriates waiting in Beirut to be evacuated from Lebanon. Hundreds gathered in a Christian neighborhood near the French Embassy to escape the dangers of war. Two babies are among the French expatriates waiting in Beirut to be evacuated from Lebanon. Hundreds gathered in a Christian neighborhood near the French Embassy to escape the dangers of war.

 Israeli warplanes pounded Lebanese army barracks for a second straight day Tuesday, killing at least nine soldiers, Lebanese army sources said.

The Jamhour army barracks east of Beirut were one of several targets in airstrikes early Tuesday as Israel's campaign against Hezbollah guerrillas entered a seventh day.

On Monday, six Lebanese soldiers died and 28 were wounded when Israel bombed an army post in Abdeh, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Beirut, the Lebanese military said.

The Israeli air force also hit two trucks during a pre-dawn bombing raid on the coastal town of Jbeil -- also known as Byblos -- about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Beirut, Lebanese police said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The latest reported death toll in Israel was 24 dead, including 12 civilians, the Israeli military said. Lebanese authorities on Tuesday reported 180 dead, with no breakdown between civilians and military personnel.

Hezbollah responded Tuesday by sending at least three rockets around the northern Israeli city of Haifa. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Haifa also was a target of rocket fire Monday when a residential building partially collapsed in a hit, wounding at least 11 people. Eight people died Sunday when a rocket struck a train station in Israel's third-largest city.

At least five other Israelis were wounded late Monday in rocket attacks, one of which shattered the windows of a Safed hospital, the Israel Defense Forces said.

The fighting in war-ravaged Lebanon prompted the evacuation of Westerners to pick up speed Tuesday as foreign governments moved to get their citizens to safety by land, sea and air. (Full story)

The crisis escalated last week when Israel launched an extensive bombing campaign against Hezbollah after the Shiite Muslim militia abducted two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid into northern Israel. Hezbollah followed by raining rockets across northern Israel.

Lebanon's government has demanded a cease-fire, but Israel insists it will keep up the attacks until the soldiers are freed.

"We dream of peace," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Israel's parliament on Monday. "We do not seek war or a head-on confrontation. But, if necessary, we shall not flinch from them."

The Israeli military said it conducted about 50 airstrikes on targets in Lebanon on Monday -- including a truck carrying missiles the IDF said were capable of reaching Tel Aviv.

Other targets included Hezbollah's headquarters, a warehouse used to store weapons, as well as roads and bridges in southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah has demanded that Israel exchange Lebanese prisoners in its jails for the captured soldiers, but Israel has rejected calls for a prisoner exchange.

Nouhad Mahmoud, Lebanon's ambassador to the United Nations, said a cease-fire would be necessary before the Israelis could be returned.

Mahmoud said Lebanese authorities might be able to persuade Hezbollah, which holds seats in Lebanon's parliament, to release the men -- but could not force Hezbollah to do so.

Arabic-language TV networks reported an Israeli plane had gone down in Beirut on Monday, but the IDF said the video footage showed a missile crashing instead. The IDF said it had struck a truck carrying long-range missiles in Beirut, causing one to launch. That missile exploded in midair and crashed onto a Beirut beach, the Israeli military said.

The IDF said the missiles had a range of 75 to 100 miles (120 to 160 kilometers) and could easily have reached Tel Aviv, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) south of the Israeli-Lebanese border, if the truck had made it to southern Lebanon and launched missiles from there.

Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Monday that Israel intends to create a buffer zone in southern Lebanon.

"We have no intention of allowing anyone to stop us before we complete the creation of a buffer zone," Peretz said during a visit to northern Israel.

But an Israeli military source denied reports that a Israeli ground operation had begun in Lebanon, saying that a small military unit destroyed one or two Hezbollah posts across the Lebanese border.

However, the source added that Israel would use "every measure, including ground forces, if necessary."

Diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis are unlikely to prove successful until Israel feels it has crippled Hezbollah or President Bush pressures Israel to halt the offensive, Arab diplomats said Monday.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday called for the disarmament of Hezbollah, the end of shelling in Israeli cities and the prevention of Syria and Iran from re-arming Hezbollah in the future.

Source: CNN

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