Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Middle East: Crisis Continues

Israeli troops and Hezbollah militants exchanged heavy gunfire on the Lebanese side of the border and Israelis have been injured, security officials said. The Israeli army confirmed that there were clashes with Hezbollah in the area and Israelis had suffered casualties as Israeli ground troops cross the border into Lebanon.

Condoleezza Rice expected to arrive in Israel on Sunday...
Israeli Troops Battle Hezbollah Guerrillas on Ground...
IRANIAN MISSILE SURPRISES WASHINGTON AND JERUSALEM...
EXODUS: Cruise liner evacuating more 1,000+ Americans from Lebanon has left for Cyprus...
FBI eyes Hezbollah agents...
Kudlow: Israel's moment...

The casualty count as of today is as follows:

Israel - civilians:13 killed[1], 326 injured; soldiers:12 killed[1], 9 wounded, 2 captured[2] (Israeli media accounts) and 2 killed is claimed but not confirmed nor denied [2]

Lebanon - civilians: 246 killed; 480 injured, Soldiers:22 killed[3][4](Lebanese government accounts)

Hezbollah Militants - 5 killed[1]

Meanwhile Israeli incursion into Gaza continues where:

Israel Defense Forces: 3 killed, 14 wounded, 1 captured[2]

Palestinians: 73 militants killed, 27 civilians killed, 3 policemen killed, 162 wounded[3]