Friday, July 21, 2006

Israel readies ground invasion of Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel massed tanks and troops on the border Friday and warned civilians to flee Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon as it prepared for a likely ground invasion to set up a deep buffer zone. An Israeli envoy said it will allow aid supplies into Lebanon, a day after the United Nations warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in the country. Hezbollah militants fired at least 11 rockets at Israel's port city of Haifa, wounding five people.