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Violence Continues in Lebanon and Israel

Reports from Lebanon and Israel describe the continuing violence in the Middle East and the evacuation process.

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  • JONATHAN MILLER, ITV News Correspondent:

    This is what it looks like after you drop 23 tons of explosives on something. Israel's bunker-busting intention: to kill Hezbollah leaders it believes were holed up under what Hezbollah says was once a mosque in the south Beirut district of Bourj al-Barajneh.

    The debris of war now littering the abandoned streets of Shia Muslim south Beirut. Lebanon Sunni prime minister accusing Israel of callous retribution and inflicting on his ruined country barbaric destruction and despair.

    Unlike the bombs, the hatred spawned is not confined to one suburb of Beirut. We went into Bourj al-Barajneh this afternoon. There's a Palestinian refugee camp just 200 meters from where the 23 tons of bombs hit. A camp run by a hard-line Palestinian resistance group, which like Hezbollah is closely allied to Syria.

    People around here aren't getting much sleep, but Khalil Nassar dismissive of the Israeli onslaught.

    "All they do is bang their drums," he says. "No one is scared here, not even the children." "Are you afraid?" he asked the two boys beside them. "No," they say. "We've seen it all before," he says. "We're with Nasrallah all the way; Israel has to be defeated."

    Mohammed Fneich, defiant despite the suffering Hezbollah's action has brought on Lebanon.

    Minister, why don't you just give back the two soldiers and bring this to an end?

    MOHAMMED FNEICH, Minister of Energy and Water, Lebanon (through translator): It is not the issue of the two soldiers abducted or a matter of releasing them, either. First of all, there are Lebanese prisoners held by the occupier, Israel. Hezbollah has shown a willingness to do an exchange of prisoners.

  • JONATHAN MILLER:

    Minister, how much influence does Iran and Syria have to end this crisis?

  • MOHAMMED FNEICH (through translator):

    The solution is easy, and it's not in the hands of Hezbollah or its allies or friends. The solution is within the hands of the U.S., who should forbid Israel from using its American-provided destructive machinery to kill people.

  • JONATHAN MILLER:

    Foreign passport holders escaping Beirut by the warship load now, international exodus in full swing. Naval vessels, ferries from all over the world in and out of Beirut port all day, fleeing from what has now become a very ugly, very deadly war.