U.S. President George W. Bush, right, gives the thumbs up during a meeting at the G8 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday July 17, 2006. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan called Monday for the deployment of international forces to stop the bombardment of Israel from southern Lebanon. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, pool)
ISRAEL ACCELERATED its air attack on Lebanon yesterday, blasting Hezbollah hideouts and hitting central Beirut for the first time. It accused Iran of helping fire a missile that damaged an Israeli warship in an ominous sign the showdown could spread. In all, 34 people were killed in Lebanon on Saturday, police said. That raised the Lebanese death toll in the four-day Israeli offensive to 107, mostly civilians. On the Israeli side, at least 15 have been killed – four civilians and 11 soldiers.
EU considers deployment of peacekeepers to Lebanon
British PM Blair says deployment of international forces along northern border is only way ‘to get cessation of hostilities.’ UN Secretary-General Annan appeals to Israel to abide by international law, spare civilian lives and infrastructure. The European Union said Monday it was weighing the deployment of a peacekeeping force to Lebanon to help end fighting between Israel and Hizbullah.
Blair, Annan Call for Troops in Israel
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called Monday for the deployment of international forces to stop the bombardment of Israel. “The blunt reality is that this violence is not going to stop unless we create the conditions for the cessation of violence,” Blair said after talks with Annan on the margins of the Group of Eight summit. “The only way is if we have a deployment of international forces that can stop bombardment coming into Israel.”
Annan wants UN military presence in Lebanon
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said he intends to pursue the issue of the a new UN military presence in Lebanon in his meetings with the G8 leaders in St Petersburg today and that he wants to send in the troops quite quickly.