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naharnet: Israeli Commando Raid Shakes Fragile Ceasefire, French Troops Land in Lebanon([search])


Saturday's raid marks the first major clash between the two sides since a ceasefire took effect on Monday.

There were exchanges of fire earlier this week that left at least four Hizbullah fighters dead in south Lebanon, but both sides had underplayed the clashes.


from ha'aretz


Following the battle, Israel([search]) Air Force helicopters fired missiles as the commandos withdrew, leaving the area within an hour.

Witnesses at the site saw a destroyed bridge about 500 meters from the area where the landing took place. The witnesses said they believed it was destroyed by Israeli missiles.

IAF warplanes crisscrossed the skies above Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley early Saturday near Baalbek, security officials said.

The IAF has not attacked Lebanon since the UN cease-fire was implemented August 14.


on the u.n. peace keeping forces outlined in the resolution

reuters: Israel: Not all nations welcome in U.N. force


Israel objects to including countries that do not have diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in a planned United Nations force for southern Lebanon, the country's ambassador to the United Nations said on Friday.

Malaysia and Indonesia have each offered to send 1,000 troops to Lebanon. Both countries, with Muslim majority populations, have no diplomatic ties with Israel and strongly support the Palestinian cause.

"It would be very difficult if not inconceivable for Israel to accept troops from countries who do not recognize Israel, who have no diplomatic relations with Israel," Israel's U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman told the BBC.



its a tough job

Of course, they were trying to prevent more weapons from reaching Hizbollah from Syria. Thats a good thing, if we want this to be a lasting peace. One can only wonder if the UN peacekeepers will play any kind of role in preventing the re-arming of the Hizbollah terrorists

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