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Posted on 08/01/2006 8:26:51 PM PDT by blam
Israel Says It Has Captured Guerrillas
Wednesday August 2, 2006 4:01 AM
By HUSSEIN DAKROUB
Associated Press Writer
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Israel poured up to 10,000 armored troops into south Lebanon Tuesday, and separately dropped helicopter-borne commandos deep into the eastern Bekaa Valley where they raided a Hezbollah-run hospital and fought pitched battles with guerrillas, in a major escalation of the three-week-old war.
After the raid on the ancient city of Baalbek ended, the Israeli military said it had captured some guerrillas and hit others. The military statement said all its soldiers returned unharmed to their base, but gave no further details.
The raid on Baalbek, once a Syrian army headquarters 80 miles north of Israel, was the deepest ground attack on Lebanon since fighting began 21 days ago.
The ferocity of the battles in the Bekaa Valley and across southern Lebanon on Tuesday and the determination of the Israelis to keep fighting quelled expectations for an early cease-fire, although U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said an agreement on how to end the conflict was possible within days, not weeks.
Hezbollah's rocket attacks into Israel, meanwhile, diminished. Hezbollah fired just 10 rockets across the border Tuesday, well below an average of about 100 a day since fighting began.
Early Wednesday, Hezbollah's chief spokesman Hussein Rahal told The Associated Press Israeli troops landed near the Hezbollah-run Dar al-Hikma Hospital in Baalbek, about 10 miles from Lebanon's border with Syria.
``A group of Israeli commandos was brought to the hospital by a helicopter. They entered the hospital and are trapped inside as our fighters opened fire on them, and fierce fighting is still raging,'' Rahal said early in the operation.
Rahal dismissed as ``untrue'' reports that the Israeli commandos managed to snatch some patients from the...
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And once again Baal is defeated by the force of Israel!
GO ISRAEL! Let's just hope they do enough damage to the Hizzbubbly before Condi strongarms them into a "truce."
It'd be better if they were BOD's (better off dead)
Hot diggity dog!
Is this pathetic liar Rahal auditioning for the Baghdad Bob role or what?
Maybe they encountered a mean-spirited head nurse...
" The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them."... George W. Bush Sept. 20, 2001
Good work for the Israelites. I wonder how Coffee Annan is reacting now.
Sounds like the hezbullies ability to wage war has been significantly degraded.
If I had a picture of Nurse Rachet I'd post one.
I'm sure he will praise Hezbollah for showing restraint in reducing the number of rocket attacks on Israel.
Time, and time again - lies to hide the shame. They have never had a force worthy enought to stand and fight with. If it weren't for women and small children to sacrifice, they'd have no success at all. How emasculating.