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2006-08-20 04:41:00

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Defense Minister Elias al-Murr said on Sunday the army would be tough in dealing with any attempt to breach the U.N.-brokered truce that halted a 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah. "The army will be very tough in dealing with such an issue," he told a news conference. "Any rocket fired from Lebanon will benefit Israel," he said, suggesting that such incident would provide a pretext for the Jewish state to attack Lebanon. He said he was confident Hizbollah...

2006-08-20 05:15:52

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese government vowed on Sunday to crush any attempt on the Lebanese side to breach the truce in the conflict with Israel, a day after the U.N. condemned an Israeli raid on Hizbollah as a truce violation. "The army will be very tough in dealing with such an issue," Lebanese Defense Minister Elias al-Murr told a news conference. "Any rocket fired from Lebanon will benefit Israel," he said, suggesting such an incident would provide a pretext...

2006-08-19 14:40:53

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli commandos raided a Hizbollah stronghold in eastern Lebanon on Saturday in what Beirut described as a "naked violation" of the U.N.-backed truce that ended Israel's 34-day war with the Shi'ite guerrillas. A senior United Nations envoy in Beirut said the U.N. was trying to establish what had happened in the dawn raid in the Bekaa Valley but added that if media reports were true, it would undoubtedly represent a breach of the six-day-old truce....

2006-08-18 16:15:26

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hizbollah handed out bundles of cash on Friday to people whose homes were wrecked by Israeli bombing, consolidating the Iranian-backed group's support among Lebanon's Shi'ites and embarrassing the Beirut government. "This is a very, very reasonable amount. It is not small," said Ayman Jaber, 27, holding a wad of $12,000 in banknotes wrapped in a tissue he had just picked up from Hizbollah. Israeli and U.S. officials have...

2006-08-18 14:10:14

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hizbollah handed out bundles of cash on Friday to people whose homes were wrecked by Israeli bombing, consolidating the Iranian-backed group's support among Lebanon's Shi'ites and embarrassing the Beirut government. "People already had faith in Hizbollah, this will strengthen their faith," said Ayman Jaber, 27, with a wad of $12,000 in banknotes Hizbollah had given him. Israeli and U.S. officials have voiced concern that...

2006-08-18 07:54:45

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hizbollah handed out bundles of cash on Friday to people whose homes were wrecked by Israeli bombing, consolidating the Iranian-backed group's support among Lebanon's Shi'ites and embarrassing the Beirut government. "This is a very, very reasonable amount. It is not small," said Ayman Jaber, 27, holding a wad he had just picked up from Hizbollah of $12,000 in banknotes wrapped in tissue. Israeli and U.S. officials have voiced...

2006-08-18 06:52:33

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hizbollah handed out bundles of cash on Friday to people whose homes were wrecked by Israeli bombing, consolidating the Iranian-backed group's support among Lebanon's Shi'ites and embarrassing the Beirut government. "This is a very, very reasonable amount. It is not small," said Ayman Jaber, 27, holding a wad he had just picked up from Hizbollah of $12,000 in banknotes wrapped in tissue. Israeli and U.S. officials have voiced...

2006-08-17 07:31:12

By Michael Winfrey BEIRUT (Reuters) - Humanitarian relief poured into southern Lebanon on Thursday as aid agencies rushed to help the tens of thousands of people returning to rebuild villages torn apart by Israel's war with Hizbollah. The groups said that since fighting ended on Monday, the arrival of the Lebanese army in the south on Thursday and repairs to bombed bridges over the Litani River were helping them reach the torrent of returning refugees. Workers searched for bodies in...

2006-08-16 14:53:27

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's government on Wednesday ordered 15,000 troops to move south to take full control, with U.N. peacekeepers, when Israeli troops withdraw after a 34-day war with Hizbollah guerrillas. Lebanese troops would start deploying south of the Litani River, about 20 km (13 miles) from the Israeli border, early on Thursday. They would ban any armed groups in the area but the cabinet did not specifically say that Hizbollah should...

2006-08-15 17:08:35

By Andrew Marshall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli forces in southern Lebanon were preparing to hand over some of their positions to U.N. peacekeepers and withdraw more troops on Wednesday as a truce with Hizbollah entered its third day. Israeli officials said the plan was for the U.N. force, known as UNIFIL, to deploy on Wednesday and Thursday in some Israeli positions not seen by the army as strategically crucial. At the same time, Israeli officials said, the Lebanese army should...


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