SAUDI ARABIA - July 23 - Saudis Urge US To Back Lebanon Ceasefire.
The kingdom calls on the US to back an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon as the first step towards a comprehensive settlement of the conflict as State Sec Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state, prepared for her talks in Israel on Monday. But the US shows little sign of reacting to the international pressure that is mounting on its ally Israel. Senior Bush administration officials assured Israel of continued US political and military support for its attacks on Lebanon and the Hizbullah militia, including munitions mu·ni·tion
War materiel, especially weapons and ammunition. Often used in the plural.
tr.v. mu·ni·tioned, mu·ni·tion·ing, mu·ni·tions
To supply with munitions. "as required". Inspecting south Beirut South Beirut or Southern Beirut is used to refer to southern suburbs of Beirut. This is a lragely Shia dominated area of the city. It also holds central offices of Hezbollah organization. , stronghold of the Hizbullah militia most targeted by air strikes, Jan Egeland Jan Egeland (born 1957 in Norway) was the United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator from June 2003 to December 2006. Egeland was appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan and succeeded Kenzo Oshima. , UN emergency relief co-ordinator, accused Israel of violating humanitarian law. Egeland said: This is destruction of block after block of mainly residential areas. I would say it seeto be an excessive use of force in an area with so many citizens". While rejecting mounting calls for an immediate ceasefire that would allow Hizbullah to keep its rockets trained on Israel, the US said it was willing to discuss the deployment of a multinational force A force composed of military elements of nations who have formed an alliance or coalition for some specific purpose. Also called MNF. See also multinational force commander; multinational operations. in southern Lebanon
in full North Atlantic Treaty Organization
International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion. but without US ground troops. Israel also indicated it could accept such a force. The force would help the Lebanese government and its weak national army establish control over its own territory, displacing the Shi'ite militia in the south. Without Hizbullah's agreement, however, diplomats saw little prospect of early deployment, leading to suspicions that Rice would give Israel the green light to continue its offensive, despite mounting civilian casualties Civilian casualties is a military term describing civilian or non-combatant persons killed or injured by military action. The description of civilian casualties includes any form of military action regardless of whether civilians were targeted directly. . Diplomatic efforts to halt the fighting intensified in Israel and Washington on the 12th day of the war. More Hizbullah rockets hit northern Israel, killing two civilians. Israeli forces pounded Lebanon, killing eight civilians, and captured one border village in heavy fighting. Israeli troops seized two Hizbullah guerrillas during fighting in southern Lebanon, the army said on July 23, believed to be the first prisoners taken in Lebanon during the conflict. Prince Saud al-Faisal, Saudi FM, and Prince Bandar bin Sultan Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Arabic: الأمير بندر بن سلطان بن , secretary of the Saudi national security council, met Pres Bush and Rice shortly before her departure. Prince Saud, who brought Bush a letter from King Abdullah King Abdullah can refer to: