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Fighting in Lebanon and Israel Claims More Lives

August 7, 2006 at 6:10 PM EST
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ALEX THOMSON, ITV News Correspondent: Beirut,
27 days of this now, so Lebanon
is tonight calling up its army reserves for a possible military deployment to
the south to counter the Israeli bombardment. A country stricken, a prime
minister distraught.

FUAD SINIORA, Prime Minister of Lebanon (through
translator): Our Arabism in Lebanon
is unconditional.

ALEX THOMSON: South Lebanon’s main city, Tyre, now isolated, cut off from the world by
Israeli air strikes, artillery and naval bombardment which is intensifying all
the time. The ancient souk here all but deserted, a city that’s basically fled
in the face of 27 days of warfare, over a thousand now killed. And from the few
that remain here, defiance and anger.

LEBANESE INHABITANT (through translator): I live here because I’m a Palestinian. I’m
not afraid of anything. I’m not afraid of death, not from the English, French,
Germans or Americans. If I die, I die.

ALEX THOMSON: And it has come to this here, aid
organizations, like Medecins Sans Frontieres, forced to bring in aid by human
chain over blown up bridges at great personal risk from Israeli air strikes. Even
as their convoy moved, Israel
bombed in the vicinity.

United Nations’ aid desperately needed by civilians here,
also going nowhere, thwarted by yet another blown-up bridge. The Red Cross
unable even to move outside Tyre.

ROLAND HUGUENIN-BENJAMIN, International Committee of the Red
Cross: The symbol or the emblem of the Red Cross should be respected
universally. Of course, when there is intense military action going on between
two parts, we do make sure that we should be notified, that those parties
should be aware of the fact that we are traveling on one particular road on one
particular day.

ALEX THOMSON: Outside the city hospital, this lorry stood
for days containing 35 rotting corpses of women and children massacred at Qana.
There are 80 more bodies in the hospital morgue from other attacks.

Casualties on both sides

MARGARET WARNER: ITN's Lindsey Hilsum filed this report fromJerusalem.

LINDSEY HILSUM, ITV News Correspondent: The moment ofimpact, new pictures of one of the Hezbollah rockets which hit Haifa yesterday evening,killing three and wounding more than 120. Daylight revealed the extent of thedamage: At least five rockets struck, destroying two houses, and there've beenmore attacks further north in Israeltoday.

Tonight, Israeli television showed pictures of the primeminister flying over northern Israelin a military helicopter. He appealed to Israelis and Jews across the world torally to the cause.

EHUD OLMERT, Prime Minister of Israel: I know you all thinkthat we are fighting against Hezbollah. But let's face it: The state of Israel is fighting against the Iranians and theSyrians who are using the Hezbollah in order to attack Israel from the north. This is avery difficult war.

LINDSEY HILSUM: Today, the Israeli Defense Force releasedvideo from a drone which they say shows the rockets being fired from Qana insouthern Lebanon to Haifa. And then, Israel'sreturn strike to destroy the rocket launchers.

A helicopter brings in the wounded from the battle front. Atleast one Israeli soldier was killed in Bint Jbail this morning, a Lebanesevillage they thought they'd subdued. Injured soldiers and civilians are broughtto Rambam Hospitalin Haifa. It'smoved many of its wards underground to the bomb shelter.

ISRAELI DOCTOR: I think saving lives is the most importantthing. That's why we moved all the dangerous parts to the basement here.

LINDSEY HILSUM: Moving across the border, Israeli tanks headinto Lebanon.Smoke on the horizon. Israelsays it won't withdraw from southern Lebanon until an internationalforce it trusts moves in. Hezbollah says it won't stop firing until Israeltakes its flag down and pulls back.