Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Israel - An 'Act of War' Declared - Day Eight

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Israel - An 'Act of War' Declared
Day Eight

Today's top quote: How about a good Q & A...?
Question in part ... Why shouldn't the President be the one to mount an aggressive diplomacy, pick up the phone, call Assad of Syria and say, put an end to this, and start negotiating directly with the Syrians???

Answer in part by Tony Snow ... Because the track record stinks...
Read press briefing by Tony Snow in full
(Has video)
>>> 7:10am CDT
Let’s get the morning started off with a read by our friends at Topics covered in this read: Very heavy IDF-Hizbullah fighting in Lebanon, Katyushas in north, high alert in Sharon region, Kassams in south, now-dispelled rumors of an abducted soldier - and a brief national electric outage. Read story in full HERE
>>> 7:55am CDT
Middle East Online has a good read. It goes in part like this.........
Israeli troops carry out ground assault across Lebanese border as Hezbollah launches fresh rocket attack on Haifa. Read story HERE
>>> 2:10pm CDT
Note from AubreyJ: My server- BBlogger has been working on and off these last couple of days... making it hard to post anywhere near like I wish. Sorry for that but it is out of my hands. With that said... let’s see if we can get another post up......
has this report on Haifa. It goes in part as follows... Ola Khalil wipes tears from her eyes as she talks of the salvo of Hezbollah rockets, one of which hit her neighbor’s house in Haifa. "All we heard were two heavy booms and then there was just devastation," Khalil, a 36-year-old mother, said amid the soft thudding of water sprinklers, damaged by the latest blast. "My neighbor was hit. She was only married last month. How can we live in this state of fear anymore?" Read story in full HERE
>>> 3:15pm CDT has a good recap of events up to now... (Make note: this was written tomorrow!) ISRAEL struck Lebanon from the air and launched short-range ground attacks across the border yesterday, as the conflict entered its second week. Read this story in full HERE
Read more at the DEBKAfile
Read more updates at DEBKAfile’s Homepage
>>> 5:05pm CDT has a good update report. It goes in part like this... Israeli warplanes dropped bombs late Wednesday on a bunker in south Beirut where senior Hezbollah leaders were thought to be, the military said... Military officials said a wave of aircraft dropped 23 tons of explosives on the bunker. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters, said top Hezbollah figures were thought to be there, possibly including Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. The officials said the bunker was in the Bourj al-Barajneh section of southern Beirut. Read this story in full HERE
DEBKAfile was the first to give a hint of this going down back on Monday morning our time... Click it out HERE
>>> 10:15pm CDT
Around 5:30am (Haifa time,) the people of Haifa awakened to a new morning with the sounds of their rocket alarm sirens. Thankfully... no rockets were reported to have hit in the city.
U.S. Department of State

(Current information - A message to American citizens in Lebanon)
More info can be found HERE

Daily UPDATES of EVENTS on GROUND at IDF Official Website
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