Violence Continues in Israel and Lebanon
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TIM EWART, ITV News Correspondent: This is the Beirut the secretary of state did not see: the
Hezbollah-controlled area that has been the eye of Israel’s bombing storm.
A crucial question here in this terrible and deserted and
destroyed place is: What about the young people who have been forced to flee
their homes here? What will happen to them? Will they become the Hezbollah
fighters of tomorrow?
A week ago, we found a frightened 11-year-old, Ayah
Al-Sablani (ph), who fled south Beirut
with her family.
YOUNG LEBANESE GIRL: And my dad bring us here to not be
dead. And my brothers are very, very, very scared to be dead.
TIM EWART: Today, Ayah (ph), still a refugee, said her
brothers were not quite so scared.
What do they want to do?
YOUNG LEBANESE GIRL: They want to be with Hezbollah. They
want to kill and fight.
TIM EWART: At this refugee center in Sidon,
they wanted to vent their fury on Islam and America rather than plead for the
help they so obviously need.
HUSSEIN NABOULSI, Hezbollah Spokesman: We are guiding tours
for the press every day, always at 11 o’clock.
TIM EWART: Hezbollah, who now escort journalists around the
most dangerous areas of Beirut,
are waging a battle for the hearts and minds. Many Lebanese do not support
their actions and are horrified at the onslaught they’ve attracted. But the
message here is defiant.
HUSSEIN NABOULSI: If Israel dared to face us, let us face us
face-to-face, fight us on the border, not come with jet fighters from high
above the sky and kill civilians.
TIM EWART: There remains, of course, an alarming
humanitarian crisis. People like these are just refugees in their own country. They
lived down the road; the homes they’ve left behind so near, yet so far.
Fighting a guerrilla army
GWEN IFILL: Now, a report from northern Israel. It comes from ITNcorrespondent Juliet Bremner.
JULIET BREMNER, ITV News Correspondent: Tanks retreat fromthe battleground carrying Israel'slatest casualties of war. Long lines of ambulances wait to pick up the injured,soldiers who have been forced to fight their enemy in the towns and villages ofsouth Lebanon,hostile territory that's far more familiar to Hezbollah.
Wherever possible, the injured are flown to hospital. YoungIsraeli soldiers put on a brave face, but this conflict is far tougher thanmost had imagined.
Another setback came when an Apache crashed into overheadcables, killing both men on board.
About three miles behind that hill is the town of Bint Jbeil. They call itthe southern Lebanese capital of Hezbollah, and that's where Israeli troops arenow focusing their ground efforts. They're determined, they say, to clear it ofguerrilla fighters.
Tanks are for covering fire. Plums of smoke and a distantrumble of artillery, further proof that Bint Jbeil is being hit hard.
If it's to achieve its objective, Israel has no choice but to send inher troops on foot. Special forces are briefed and enter under the cover ofdarkness. Their task: to locate and destroy the network of caves and tunnelsdug by Hezbollah.
None of this stops the rockets landing with frustratingregularity. Ten more in Nahariya today. Hezbollah doesn't even bother to hidetheir weapons any longer. These Katyushas unleashed in broad daylight from alaunch site in Tyre.The burning hillside a blunt message from the guerrilla army taunting abetter-equipped enemy.