Lebanon does not agree with UN resolution

Saturday 05 August 2006 23.08
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Tyre - Israeli troops hurt
Tyre - Israeli troops hurt
Beirut - Fresh strikes overnight
Beirut - Fresh strikes overnight

Lebanese sources say the Beirut government does not agree with the UN draft resolution to end the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.

The UN Security Council had begun considering the text, which was agreed by France and the United States earlier today.

The resolution includes a call for a full cessation of hostilities based upon immediate cessation by Hezbollah of all attacks, and the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations. 

Hezbollah cabinet minister Mohammed Kneish said the guerrilla group would stop fighting when Israel ended its bombardment of Lebanon and withdrew its troops.

Israeli Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog, said time was running out for Israel's military campaign.

Israel clashes with Hezbollah in south Lebanon

Israeli troops have again clashed with Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon.

In fighting near Lebanon's southern city of Tyre, eight Israeli troops were wounded in an operation the Israeli military said was aimed at those responsible for yesterday's rocket strikes near the Israeli city of Hadera.

The Hadera attack was the deepest such missiles have reached into Israel.

A Lebanese soldier was also killed in the Tyre assault. Israel claimed a Lebanese anti-aircraft battery opened fire on an Israeli helicopter during the raid, prompting retaliatory fire.

Lebanese security sources said four civilians and a Lebanese soldier were killed during the fighting.

Separately, near the village of Taibe, an Israeli soldier was killed when Hezbollah mortars hit his vehicle just inside the Lebanese border.

In all, the Israeli military said that it struck more than 70 areas across Lebanon overnight.

UN officials have said an attack crippling bridges linking Lebanon and Syria could have a 'catastrophic' effect on the movement of relief supplies.

Despite the renewed offensive, Hezbollah rockets have continued to strike areas of northern Israel.

Five people were wounded in rocket attacks today in the northern suburbs of Israel's third largest city, Haifa.

Yesterday, three Israeli civilians died and eight were wounded in over 220 rocket blasts in Israel. 

And an Israeli air strike near Lebanon's border with Syria killed at least 28 people, all thought to be farm labourers.