LEBANON - July 24 - Fierce Fghting Rages In Lebanon.In some of the most intense ground clashes so far, Israeli troops and Hizbullah militants fight fiercely in and around two hilltop towns in southern Lebanon
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2. Of the nature of a palace, as in spaciousness or ornateness: a palatial yacht. home of Nabih Berri Nabih Berri (Arabic: نبيه بري; born January 28, 1938 in Bo, Sierra Leone) is a Sierra Leonean-Lebanese politician, is currently the speaker of the Lebanese Parliament of Lebanon. , who is the influential head of the Lebanese Parliament and a political ally of Hizbullah. The meeting took place about 1.5km, from where the Israeli Air Force The Israeli Air Force (IAF; Hebrew: זרוע האויר והחלל, Zroa HaAvir VeHaḤalal has heavily pounded a Hizbullah stronghold, Haret Hreik Haret Hreik (Arabic: حارة حريك), or Harat Hurayk, is a mixed Shi'ite and Maronite Christian town, part of the Dahieh suburbs of southern Beirut, Lebanon. . Once more, both Rice and her host were silent about their meeting. Berri, a Shi'ite political leader, has been one of the few Lebanese leaders in touch with Hizbullah's boss, Sheikh sheikh
Among Arabic-speaking tribes, especially Bedouin, the male head of the family, as well as of each successively larger social unit making up the tribal structure. The sheikh is generally assisted by an informal tribal council of male elders. Hassan Nasrallah Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah (Arabic: حسن نصرالله) (b. August 30 1960, Bourj Hammoud, Beirut, Lebanon) , since the bombing began. Siniora has said that neither he nor his government has had any direct contacts with Hizbullah's leader. Siniora has repeatedly called for an immediate cease-fire and the release of the two Israeli prisoners held by Hizbullah. The PM also said the international community needed to empower Lebanon to establish its authority over South Lebanon. While Rice's visit lasted, the Israelis did not bomb Beirut. A few demonstrators were on hand - no more than 30 - and followed Rice in the city. One of them, Shereen Sadeq, said, "This is not a war against Hizbullah that is being waged, this is a war against Lebanon and its people". Many demonstrators carried signs. One of them read, "500,000 refugees: America's tax dollars at work". In the fighting on July 24, the main battle was on the outskirts of Bint Jbeil Bint Jbeil (Arabic: بنت جبيل) is the second largest town in the Nabatiye Governorate in Southern Lebanon.
The town has an estimated population of 30,000. , about three kilometers from the border. The town, whose name means "daughter of the mountain" in Arabic, is considered an important Hizbullah stronghold. It is the largest population center in that corner of Lebanon. Israeli military officers said the offensive against the town began July 23. "We're definitely in there", said Captain Mitch Pilcer of the Israeli Army's Northern Command. "We control it, though there are still pockets of resistance". Other Israeli military officials were more cautious, saying the Israeli troops were still fighting their way into the town on July 24 evening. Soldiers in a staging area staging area
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Noun 1. near the Israeli border town of Avivim said they had encountered sustained fighting and faced land mines, artillery fire and antitank rockets. The Israeli Army said two Israeli soldiers had been killed in the fighting July 24, though it did not release details. AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. quoted an Israeli military spokeswoman as saying that two servicemen had been killed after their Apache attack helicopter A helicopter specifically designed to employ various weapons to attack and destroy enemy targets. crashed near the border with Lebanon. At least 20 Israeli soldiers were wounded on July 24 in Bint Jbeil and surrounding areas, according to according to
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3. the Israeli military. The most dramatic events of the day turned on efforts to rescue the crew of a disabled tank, which had come under heavy fire. Some if not all of the four crew members inside were wounded, according to soldiers who would not give their names because of Israeli Army policy that prohibits them from talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to the media without authorization. They said one of the wounded was a battalion commander In the United States Army and United States Marine Corps, the commanding officer of a battalion is a Battalion Commander. The position is usually held by a lieutenant colonel, although a major can be selected for battalion command in lieu of an available lieutenant colonel. and others said one crew member had been killed. They were eventually recovered and the wounded were sent to hospitals in Israel This is a list of hospitals in Israel, listed by district and city. Center District
Israeli communal settlement in which all wealth is held in common and profits are reinvested in the settlement. The first kibbutz was founded in Palestine in 1909; most have since been agricultural. on a high ridge overlooking Lebanon, streaof smoke drifted from the town of Mes e Jbail from apparent Israeli shelling. Fires burned elsewhere across the gentle landscape. Bint Jbeil, also smoking, could be glimpsed in the distance. Below the kibbutz, on an outcropping, was a UN observer outpost with concrete blast walls. The UN observers, meant to monitor the border after Israel's withdrawal, could do nothing but watch. The push for Bint Jbeil comes after the Israeli forces moved into Maroun al-Ras, a smaller town closer to the border. It too is on a hilltop and Hizbullah has used it as a major base, according to the military. While the Israeli forces were in Maroun al-Ras, they continued to come under fire from Hizbullah forces, beginning early in the morning, the military said. Maroun al-Ras is just a short distance across the border, and there have been clashes between Israeli and Hizbullah ground forces in the area for the past six days. The Israeli Air Force bombarded both towns throughout the day. In another development, an Israeli helicopter returning from a mission to Lebanon crashed on the Israeli side of the border, killing both crew members, the military said. Hizbullah said it had shot down the helicopter, but the Israeli military said it was believed that the crash had been caused by a technical problem and said it was investigating. Though Israel's military and political leaders say they do not want to undertake a major ground offensive in south Lebanon, but want only to clear Hizbullah fighters and weapons from the border region, the past several days of fighting have demonstrated that doing so will take time. One Israeli officer, who asked not to be named, noted that in a full- scale war, the military would simply bypass these small villages and push north, coming back later to mop up when the main objective had been reached. "We're doing the opposite here", he said. Hizbullah has put up fierce resistance, even in towns just a short distance across the frontier. The Israeli military has found a well-protected network of bunkers and tunnels, with large stocks of Katyusha rockets and other weaponry, indicating that Hizbullah was prepared for a major battle. Avi Dichter, Israel's public security minister, said the military objective in southern Lebanon was to weaken Hizbullah to the point where it could not seriously threaten Israel from the border area. "From an Israeli perspective, the target is not to totally dismantle Hizbullah", said Dichter, who was formerly the head of the Shin Bet security agency. Israel, he said, was "hoping that somehow we'll succeed in setting up a new situation between Israel and Hizbullah". Responding to criticism over the large number of civilian deaths in Lebanon, Dichter said: A war is not a surgical operation, and air war is not a surgical operation. You identify the targets, bombs are sophisticated and accurate. But you see a cement truck and from the air it looks just like a Katyusha truck. Sometimes from the air you hit the wrong target". In southern Lebanon, at least seven civilians were killed, including two children, in a renewed wave of Israeli airstrikes that hit several homes around Tyre, AFP reported. About 380 Lebanese have been killed in 13 days of fighting, the vast majority of them civilians, according to the Lebanese. Israeli military officials say they believe they have killed around 100 Hizbullah militants. The Israeli operation has not slowed the Hizbullah rocket fire. More than 80 rockets crashed into northern Israel as of July 24 evening, wounding about 20 people, the military said.