Friday, July 14, 2006

Israel Latest, Ahmadinejad threat

Israel steps up Hezbollah offensive, The Times reports:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2270340,00.html
Israel widened its crippling military offensive on Lebanon today, with its fighter-bombers hitting key infrastructure targets including fuel tanks, mobile phone relay stations, roads and bridges.
Beirut airport, closed since an air strike yesterday morning, was blasted for a second day. Enforcing a land, sea and air blockade of Lebanon, Israeli warplanes also hit the main Beirut-Damascus highway overnight, forcing thousands of fleeing tourists to take mountain side roads into the Syrian capital.
Hezbollah has fired more than 130 missiles into northern Israel in the past 48 hours, hitting big population centres such as Nahariya and Haifa, a city of 250,000 people that is 30 kilometres (18 miles) inside Israel.
Brigadier General Dan Halutz, the Israeli Chief of Staff, emphasised that the offensive, prompted by the cross-border raid in which Hezbollah guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others on Wednesday, was open-ended. "Nothing is safe (in Lebanon), as simple as that," he said.
Daniel Ayalon, the Israeli Ambassador to the US, called the rocket attack on Haifa a "major, major escalation" and said that Israel was now at war. "The objective is to win this war," he said. Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, likewise gave warning of a new regional war.

Warning from Ahmadinejad in phone conversation to pal Assad, from the same article:

"If the Zionist regime commits another stupid move and attacks Syria, this will be considered like attacking the whole Islamic world and this regime will receive a very fierce response," Mr Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a telephone conversation with President Assad of Syria.

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