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Situation Worsens As Fighting Continues in Lebanon and Israel

July 27, 2006 at 6:10 PM EDT

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JULIAN MANYON, ITV News Correspondent: Another explosion
rocked Tyre,
and we raced to the scene. A missile possibly from an Israeli helicopter had
hit an apartment building, causing light damage.

The reaction was anger, and this time the anger was turned
against journalists. A photographer was repeatedly punched and kicked. Fear and
tension from the Israeli attacks was making passions boil over, and we beat a
hasty retreat.

Nearby residents of the area bombed by the Israeli air force
yesterday were still in shock. An elderly man is believed to be lying beneath
the rubble, but no heavy equipment has been brought in because of the fear of
another Israeli strike. Three woman and two children are still in hospital.

The bombing caused relatively few casualties, all of them
civilians, but it’s been another big psychological blow for the people of Tyre. And many who were
trying to hang on here have now decided to flee.

A fresh wave of frightened people is leaving Tyre for the north. Some
form convoys in the hope that will provide protection from Israeli war planes.

LEBANESE CITIZEN: After what happened yesterday, everyone I
think — you have seen. Most of the people here in Tyre want to leave, because maybe, maybe the
Israelis will kill us.

JULIAN MANYON: Their last sight of Tyre is the damage left by an Israeli bomb. The
main road north is still closed, so these people are forced onto dirt tracks
for a nerve-wracking journey that will take several hours, through areas that
are still being attacked.

But some are still trying to stay in Tyre. They include 200 refugees from further
south camped in an empty school. These people want to stay as close as possible
to their home villages and say they will not move on.

But like tens of thousands of other Lebanese, they have lost
control of their lives, and no one can tell them when they will see their homes
again.

Requiring sacrifice

JIM LEHRER: Our second report is from ITN correspondent JohnIrvine in the northern Israeli town of Metula.

JOHN IRVINE, ITV News Correspondent: These tired soldiersare from the Golani Brigade, the most respected unit in the Israeli army. Theseyoung men lost nine of their colleagues in fighting yesterday, and they weregetting ready to head back to the front line.

This is the well-worn path the Israelis are using to enter Lebanonto engage Hezbollah fighters in two key villages close to the border. Theydon't want to go deep into Lebanon;at the moment, they can supply the fighting units from their own side of thefrontier and rotate them in and out of enemy territory.

We are actually inside Lebanon. And what you're seeinghere is Israeli armor heading for the border. These crews are going back into Israelwhere they'll get a well-earned rest.

Despite the problems, the Israeli government has decided topersevere with limited incursions. A full-scale invasion is something they wantto avoid, although by calling up more reserves, they are keeping all of theiroptions open.

GEN. SHUKI SHICHAR, Israeli Defense Force: We did not useuntil now all the response that we have. And if we will find that we have touse more, we will find a way.

JOHN IRVINE: This afternoon,more Hezbollah rockets landed in the largely abandoned northern town of Kiryat Shmona. There'snobody working in this toothpaste factory so the toll was only structural.

The missiles keep coming. Nobody is suggesting the Israelisare fighting a losing battle, but this nation knows victory will requirefurther sacrifice.