Sunday, July 30, 2006

Middle East Crisis: Day 19, Israel murders 34 kids while they sleep

QANA, Lebanon - Israeli missiles hit several buildings in a southern Lebanon village as people slept Sunday, killing at least 56, most of them children, in the deadliest attack in 19 days of fighting. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed "great sorrow" for the airstrikes but blamed Hezbollah guerrillas for using the area to launch rockets at
Israel, and said he would not halt the army's operation. The Lebanese Red Cross said the airstrike in Qana, in which at least 34 children were killed, pushed the overall Lebanese death toll to more than 500. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice postponed a visit to Lebanon in a setback for diplomatic efforts to end hostilities. She was to return to the U.S. Monday morning, abruptly breaking off her diplomatic mission in the Mideast.

In other news:
Rice Postpones Visit to Beirut
Gaza Militants Attack Southern Israel
EU Official Blasts Israeli Airstrike
U.N. Security Council Calls for Immediate Permanent Cease-Fire
Aid Continues to Arrive in Beirut