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DAY THREE - MAJOR ESCALATION

 
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DAY THREE - MAJOR ESCALATION
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli warplanes early Friday bombed southern Beirut, home to the offices of Hezbollah and the group's leader, as the Israeli-Lebanese violence that has killed dozens of Lebanese civilians and 10 Israelis entered its third day.

Lebanese police said the planes hit the airport road, which crosses through the southern district considered a Hezbollah stronghold.

A Lebanese army official said bombs also hit two bridges in the southern suburbs of the capital and a stadium.

Earlier, Israel had dropped leaflets warning residents to stay away from the Hezbollah offices in southern Beirut, where Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah is thought to live.

Israeli planes also bombed the main highway between Beirut and the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Hezbollah guerillas on Thursday lobbed dozens of Soviet-era Katyusha rockets into northern Israel. Rockets also landed in the northern port city of Haifa, which would mark the deepest point into Israel that Hezbollah rockets have ever reached, but Hezbollah denied that they fired the rockets.

An Israeli diplomat called the rocket attacks "a major escalation" in the violence.

Israeli airstrikes and artillery hammered hundreds of targets in Lebanon, including two strikes on the Beirut airport, where helicopter gunships left craters in runways and turned fuel tanks into fireballs. (Watch the strike on Beirut's airport -- :44)

Israel said it targeted the airport because it is a transfer point for weapons and supplies to Hezbollah. The airport was closed and all flights were diverted.

The violence began Wednesday when Hezbollah forces crossed into Israel, killing three soldiers and abducting two others.

Since that cross-border raid, five more Israeli soldiers have been killed, as well as two Israeli civilians, two Lebanese soldiers and 55 Lebanese civilians, according to Israeli and Lebanese sources.

Despite the fact that several countries -- including the Unites States and Lebanon -- have said that the Lebanese government doesn't have the capacity to extend its authority into Hezbollah-held territory, Israel has blamed the Lebanese government for the violence and charged it with the soldiers' safe release.

Hezbollah, which enjoys substantial backing from Syria and Iran, is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and Israel. The group holds 23 of the 128 seats in Lebanon's parliament.

"There are a number of different strategic targets that we're hitting -- obviously the Hezbollah posts, their command centers and also where they store their weapons," said Capt. Erik Snider, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces.

"We're also trying to hit other strategic targets where we know that we can prevent the re-arming of Hezbollah," Snider told CNN.

The attack on the Beirut-Damascus highway -- where witnesses said hundreds of tourists were lined up on the Syrian border in an attempt to flee Lebanon -- follows several Israeli attacks on what appear to be strategic targets.

On Wednesday, Israel said its air force had conducted more than 100 airstrikes on Hezbollah bases and weapons-storage facilities, and on roads and bridges that could be used to transport the kidnapped soldiers.

In addition to Thursday's attack on Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport, Israel also targeted Rayak Air Base in the Bekaa Valley near the Syrian border and a small military airport in Qulayaat in northern Lebanon, according to Lebanese army sources. (Beirut airport map)

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon told CNN Thursday night that Israel's attacks are intended to "de-fang the Hezbollah."

He added, "Hopefully this will strengthen the Lebanese government so that they will exercise their sovereignty" in the south of the country, where Hezbollah is virtually autonomous.

Israeli warplanes struck the al-Manar television station, too, which the Israel Defense Forces said Hezbollah uses to incite and recruit activists. A broadcast tower was destroyed and three people were injured, but the station continued its broadcasts, said al-Manar Editor Ibrahim Moussawi.
Blockade established

Israeli warships set up a blockade, preventing cruise ships from docking in Beirut and cutting off the delivery of fuel used to operate Lebanese power plants. (Watch as fighting along the border intensifies -- 1:45)

When the violence will end is unclear, as neither side seems willing to relent.

Ayalon, who called the Haifa attacks a "major escalation," said there was no timetable for Israel's offensive in Lebanon.

"We will have to continue with the operation until there is no capability of the Hezbollah to do what they are doing."

Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Israel won't let Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim militia, return to the border -- raising the prospect that Israel may again occupy southern Lebanon, as it did from 1978 to 2000.

Under the treaty that ended Lebanon's 15-year civil war in 1990, Hezbollah was allowed to retain its weaponry to fight Israeli troops in southern Lebanon. It says it won't disarm until Israeli troops leave the disputed Shebaa Farms region near the Syria border, which the United Nations recognizes as Syrian territory.

Naim Qasem, Hezbollah's deputy secretary-general, said Thursday that Hezbollah members have the right to remain on "any part of Lebanese soil."

"We intend to send a clear message that we wish not to escalate this conflict by killing civilians," Qasem said. "But we know that Israel will not stop its aggression until it feels pain. Therefore, they should learn from what happened today. They have failed to protect their cities and their civilians."

Nasrallah has defended the abductions of 31-year-old Ehud Goldvasser and 26-year-old Eldad Regev as Hezbollah's "natural, only and logical right." He further said that the soldiers had been taken "far away" and that no Israeli military campaign would secure their release.

Nasrallah wants to enter negotiations on a prisoner exchange, a demand Israel has rebuffed, saying it would encourage more kidnappings.

Israel has exchanged prisoners with Hezbollah before, most recently in 2004 when Israel handed over more than 400 Palestinian, Lebanese and Arab prisoners for an Israeli businessman and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers.
Syria rejects U.S. criticism

In an attempt to defuse the situation, the U.N. has sent three envoys to Cairo to meet with Egyptian officials and consult with Arab League foreign ministers, who will convene Saturday. The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday at the request of Lebanon, France's U.N. Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere said. (Full story)

In Straslund, Germany, President Bush said Israel has a right to defend itself -- but he urged it not to weaken Lebanon's government, in place since 2005 elections that led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops. (Full story)

"The democracy of Lebanon is an important part of laying a foundation of peace in that region," Bush said during a stop on his way to the Group of Eight economic summit. He added that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "needs to show some leadership toward peace."

Imad Moustapha, the Syrian ambassador to Washington, took issue with the remarks and with what he called the Bush administration's "flagrant bias toward Israel."

"The only party to blame for this collision of violence in the Middle East is Israel itself, with its continuous occupation and with the atrocities it has committed against the Palestinians, particularly in the past two months," Moustapha said. "Now, suddenly, it is Damascus once again, and it's Iran once again. Who is to blame for the results of their occupation?"

Amid the rising violence, the U.S. State Department has given embassy and non-emergency personnel permission to leave Lebanon. The department also advised U.S. citizens to put off travel there.

[link to www.cnn.com]
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Israeli warplanes early Friday bombed southern Beirut
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early Friday bombs are the worst

lol
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Jerusalem? Seriously? They dont even like us! kittens
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Hate to say it... but go Iran... Kick some Israeli ass!
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Guess who is going to go defend poor defenseless Israel after they start a war with Iran?

Our kids.
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Hate to say it... but go Iran... Kick some Israeli ass!
 Quoting: bubba595kurt
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Guess who is going to go defend poor defenseless Israel after they start a war with Iran?

Our kids.
 Quoting: bubba595kurt

More like fall into the trap Iran and watch the U.S. rain down on your nuclear facilities and military bases sideways
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IDF pulling out of Gaza. On MSNBC.

[link to today.reuters.co.uk]
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IDF pulling out of Gaza. On MSNBC.

[link to today.reuters.co.uk]
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Guess who is going to go defend poor defenseless Israel after they start a war with Iran?

Our kids.

More like fall into the trap Iran and watch the U.S. rain down on your nuclear facilities and military bases sideways
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Wow, never saw two bananas doing it doggy style before. Kudos to the mods for the new great avatars!

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The search for the soldiers in that area is complete. So does this mean that they will be looking else where?
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Guess there going to consentrate on the northern offensive instead
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just take out libanon and syria and make a big golf course of the place dick
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IDF pulling out of Gaza. On MSNBC.

[link to today.reuters.co.uk]
 Quoting: Wraith


All the "Israel is going to kill all the Palestinians and retake the land" people are kicking themselves...
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IDF pulling out of Gaza. On MSNBC.

[link to today.reuters.co.uk]


All the "Israel is going to kill all the Palestinians and retake the land" people are kicking themselves...
 Quoting: Malice


lmao
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I think not. There is a difference between this war and all the others. Iran was not involved before.

Iranians are not Arabs. I sense they have manipulated this. They would not do so unless they was a goal. A way to finish it. By it I mean Israel.

I saw the post about how Israel intends to take the world with it. They may want to rethink their plans. There are three major religions. Soon there will be only two. I have seen the future. There will be a person that hunts down every last one.
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The attacks continue. They are bombing that country back to the stone age.


"BEIRUT - Israel battered roads, mobile phone antennas and fuel tanks in Lebanon on Friday, inflicting further devastation on its neighbour's economy in reprisal for the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hizbollah guerrillas."

[link to today.reuters.co.uk]
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I think not. There is a difference between this war and all the others. Iran was not involved before.

Iranians are not Arabs. I sense they have manipulated this. They would not do so unless they was a goal. A way to finish it. By it I mean Israel.

I saw the post about how Israel intends to take the world with it. They may want to rethink their plans. There are three major religions. Soon there will be only two. I have seen the future. There will be a person that hunts down every last one.
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Israel...

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Israel has God behind it - No weapon formed against Israel shall prosper.

One day, all you Jew haters will have to answer to God for verbally attacking His people. That day you will wish you were never born, unless you repent from doing your father's (satan) work!!!

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Guess who is going to go defend poor defenseless Israel after they start a war with Iran?

Our kids.
 Quoting: bubba595kurt



Not my children!
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"Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon fired 10 rockets into northern Israel early Friday"

[link to www.cnn.com]
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Guess who is going to go defend poor defenseless Israel after they start a war with Iran?

Our kids.
 Quoting: bubba595kurt


Israel fought its own wars if you look back in history. This crap about US soldiers fighting Israel's wars started after the latest Iraq war and it stinks of stupidity.
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Israel has God behind it - No weapon formed against Israel shall prosper.

One day, all you Jew haters will have to answer to God for verbally attacking His people. That day you will wish you were never born, unless you repent from doing your father's (satan) work!!!

naughty
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Fuck off imbecile and shove that jewish god crap where the sun does not shine!
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Guess who is going to go defend poor defenseless Israel after they start a war with Iran?

Our kids.

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WAR is fought by adults, moron.
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"Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it."

Psalm 125:1-2 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever!
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever!
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Again GLP draws in that dark side of the force...it lives here...it thrives here...and all reason and faith will not stop it....

There will be a price to pay...and its eternal.
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I agree 9958, thats why I come here to keep an eye on the darkness...this is a great place to watch that...kind like a journey into Hell.
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Israel has God behind it - No weapon formed against Israel shall prosper.

One day, all you Jew haters will have to answer to God for verbally attacking His people. That day you will wish you were never born, unless you repent from doing your father's (satan) work!!!

naughty
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 116711


I know who my father was and it wasn't Satan. I used to call him Dad - he faught to save your ass in WWII and sadly he died back in 1999. Be carefull how you throw gratuitus insults about, they will come back to haunt you.
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CNN ALERT

The Israeli army says Hezbollah guerrillas have fired four rockets at an area of Israel where a woman was killed in a similar attack the day before, The Associated Press reports. CNN working to confirm.

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