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Attacks Cost More Israeli, Lebanese Lives in Seventh Day of Fighting

July 18, 2006 at 6:10 PM EST
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JONATHAN MILLER, ITV News Correspondent: The Israeli air
force is striking targets right across Lebanon. This, South
Beirut this morning, the Shiite suburb that’s Hezbollah’s
heartland reduced to urban wasteland.

In the eastern Bekaa
Valley towards Syria, the road to Damascus bombed again today. Lebanon’s health ministry saying this truck was
carrying medical supplies donated by the United Arab Emirates, its driver
killed. Reports a donated ambulance was also destroyed.

The Lebanese president, Emil Lahoud, visited one of two
Lebanese army bases hit last night. In this one, 11 soldiers reported killed,
35 wounded, even though Israel
maintains it only has Hezbollah in its sights.

He told gathered soldiers that, with their faith in Lebanon,
“we will be able to resist.”

If you can’t flee the country, you head for the mountains. High
in the Shouf range, east of Beirut,
Shia Muslims who’d fled the south are being looked after by local Druze and
Maronite Christians, 450 are in this school, 35 families yesterday. They feel
safer here, but Israeli warplanes overhead constantly.

Most of the people here come from a village way down south
called Bazuriyah. Now, it’s a village that’s distinguished by one thing: It
happens to be the home village
of Sheik Hassan Nasrallah,
the Hezbollah leader. And that could explain, of course, why they were so
heavily bombed.

Nonetheless, they’re expressing pretty much blanket support
still for Hezbollah, despite all they’ve been through.

LEBANESE CITIZEN (through translator): The whole world seems
to want to ensure the Israeli prisoners are treated well, but what would they
say if they saw the wounded that I’ve seen, the scattered flesh? What would
they say? “These people don’t deserve dignity, too”? “They have
no value”?

JONATHAN MILLER: Tonight, those Beirutis who looked out to
sea would have watched those lucky enough to have foreign passports escape the
maelstrom that’s enveloped this country.

Bringing two Israelis home

JIM LEHRER: Next, Julian Manyon in Israel.

JULIAN MANYON, ITV News Correspondent: Across the border in Israel this afternoon, a man died when a volleyof Hezbollah rockets crashed into the town of Nahariya.

It's now almost a week since two Israeli soldiers werecaptured by Hezbollah after their patrol was ambushed on the Lebanese border. Sincethen, Lebanon has beenravaged and Israelstruck by rockets, but there has been no reliable word on the fate of SergeantEhud Goldwasser, 31 years old, and Sergeant Eldad Regev, who is 26.

Now, the wife and father of Ehud Goldwasser have appealed toHezbollah to provide some sign that Ehud is alive.

SHLOMO GOLDWASSER, Father of Kidnapped Israeli Soldier: Sendus a sign of life from my son, if he is alive, if he is wounded, or whatever.

MIKKI GOLDWASSER, Wife of Kidnapped Israeli Soldier: He isalive.

JULIAN MANYON: Eldad Regev has four brothers. His olderbrother, Benny, told me that their family is also desperate for some proof oflife, and he believes that the Israeli government should be ready to make adeal for Eldad's release.

BENI REGEV, Brother of Kidnapped Israeli Soldier: Thecountry should, must do anything she can to bring my brother and the otherkidnapped back.

JULIAN MANYON: And that includes releasing prisoners fromIsraeli jails, if that's what the other side demands?

BENI REGEV: Anything meansanything.

JULIAN MANYON: Proof that the soldiers are alive could onlycome on the orders of Hezbollah leader Sheik Nasrallah, who is now in hiding. Hispolicy is to give no information unless a high price is paid.

Rockets are still landing in Israel,and bombs are still falling in Lebanon.And while that is going on, there is little hope for news of the two Israelisoldiers. The two families know that their wait could be long.