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ARABS-ISRAEL - Aug 2 - Israel Captures 'Fighters'.

Israel says it seized several Hezbollah fighters after an operation near the ancient city of Baalbek in Lebanon, a charge denied by the resistence group. Air strikes also killed around 15 civilians in the Bekaa Valley area of the country, while Israeli jets also struck a Lebanese army base in the south, killing three soldiers. Fierce fighting broke out during the night as Israeli soldiers landed by helicopter by the Hezbollah-run Al Hikmah hospital, near Baalbek. Lebanese security officials said at least five Lebanese people were captured, but had no further information. A statement on Hezbollah's Al Manar TV said those taken were civilians, adding: Those who were taken prisoner are citizens. It will not be long before the (Israeli) enemy will discover that they are ordinary citizens". After the commandos withdrew, warplanes allegedly destroyed the three-storey hospital, which had been evacuated of wounded Hezbollah and civilian patients. At least eleven civilians, including five family members, were killed in nearby Israeli air strikes in the village of Jammaliyeh, close to Baalbek. Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has said that it will not stop fighting until an international force is in place in southern Lebanon. Israeli leaders believe they have at least another week to attack Hezbollah before major powers settle terms for a ceasefire and stabilization force.
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Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Date:Aug 5, 2006
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