Saturday, July 22, 2006

Minute by Minute:: July 21

  • 23:52 American NBC news network expects Israeli ground attack tonight
  • 23:43 Airplanes circle over Akkar and Bekaa, with intermittent strikes on Sour (Tyre) and al-Khiam
  • 23:31 Intelligence sources inform US television that Israeli invasion of Lebanon is expected to take place tonight
  • 23:27 Renewed strikes on Badyas in Tyre/Sour district and on al-Khiam
  • 23:17 Israeli helicopters circle over Adloun up to Zahrani in southern Lebanon
  • 23:12 Chirac calls on Javier Solana to work on immediate ceasefire in Lebanon
  • 23:01 Israeli army confirms that some of its troops are in fact inside Lebanon, but have not yet infiltrated deeply
  • 22:51 Israeli airplanes circle over northern Lebanon
  • 22:50 Four strikes on Badyas in Sour (Tyre) district
  • 22:44 Italian Foreign Minister: Syria, Iran and Israel were not invited to join conference on Lebanon
  • 22:38 Israeli strike on Hayy Rahbat in Nabatiyeh
  • 22:30 Three consecutive Israeli strikes on al-Khiam in South Lebanon
  • 22:29 Israel confirms and Lebanese sources deny that Israeli forces have seized some villages in South Lebanon
  • 22:18 Israeli strike on Nabatiyeh city centre
  • 22:01 Dan Halotz: We will carry out restricted ground operations in Lebanon as long as necessary
  • 22:00 Lebanese Army Directorate of Orientation declares: "Some media channels are broadcasting statements and scenes about places that the enemy has targeted, including bridges and roads that are no longer serviceable, while also mentioning others that are still in use or alternate routes currently set up, in a way that serves the purposes of the enemy military operations and thus harms civilians. Details are also being given about modes of fighting and sharing military information and specific expectations, which could directly or indirectly assist enemy plans. We hope that civilians, media professionals and strategic analysts, including retired officers, will be cautious in the news, information and military talk that they are passing on, with the aim of safeguarding the lives of citizens, and preserving the nation's greatest interests."
  • 21:40 Larson: UN will invite all active countries in region to take part in international conference on Lebanon. These countries are primarily Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, US, France, Italy and Russia
  • 21:35 Larson: International body seeks to achieve calm in area and not forcibly implement resolution 1559
  • 21:18 Israeli military spokesperson does not reject possibility of implementing limited military ground operations in southern Lebanon
  • 21:13 Israel imposes state of alert in Tel Aviv
  • 21:07 Rice: ceasefire is meaningless if it has no political underpinnings – we vow to build new Middle East –US will not participate in international peace-keeping forces in Lebanon
  • 20:40 Olmert: There will not be a large ground invasion
  • 20:30 Italy: international conference on Lebanon to be held on 26 July in Rome
  • 20:25 US official: Washington backs increasing size of international forces along border
  • 20:20 Reuters quoting Israeli military official: More than 100 Hezbollah fighters killed in clashes on border
  • 20:15 Rice in Israel on Monday
  • 20:15 German Foreign Minister to meet with Olmert on Sunday
  • 20:05 Cyprus complains of lack of support in handling influx of refugees from Lebanon
  • 19:55 Mubarak: There must be immediate ceasefire
  • 19:50 Al-Faisal to meet with Bush and Rice on Sunday at White House
  • 19:11 Concentrated shelling on border villages of al-Bustan and al-Dahira
  • 19:10 Israeli strike on southern village of Kfour
  • 19:09 Fierce Israeli shelling of Habboush bridge in Nabatiyeh area
  • 19:07 Israeli ambassador to UN announces Tel Aviv's approval to allow humanitarian aid to enter Lebanon
  • 19:01 Clashes in front of US embassy in Bahrain
  • 19:00 Intermittent Israeli shelling on border with Lebanon
  • 18:57 UNICEF considers plans to provide aid to nearly 500,000 people affected by war in Lebanon
  • 18:54 al-Arabiya correspondent: Hezbollah launches nearly 20 rocket missiles on Akka (Acre) and northern Galilee
  • 18:52 UN Security Council demands that shelling of infrastructure is halted
  • 18:50 Israel increases its military presence along Lebanese border
  • 18:47 Two rockets hit Kiryat Shmona
  • 18:43 UAE president Sheikh Khalifa meets Chirac to prevent escalation of events in Middle East
  • 18:40 Two rockets hit Golan Heights
  • 18:24 Protests in Arab capitals in support of Hezbollah and Palestine
  • 18:23 Blair calls on Israel to stop its attacks on Lebanon
  • 18:22 US Secretary of Foreign Affairs to announce diplomatic plan for Middle East on Friday
  • 18:20 Intense air strikes on Sour (Tyre) area and shelling of Emergency Forces headquarters
  • 18:05 US representative at UN, John Bolton responds to Lebanese President Emile Lahoud’s statement that Lebanese army will counter any Israeli ground incursion, saying coordination is underway with Prime Minister Fouad Siniora
  • 18:00 Israeli army: “we have destroyed rocket launcher targeting Haifa”
  • 17:47 Hezbollah rockets target Upper and Lower Galilee, Haifa, Safad, Kiryat Shmona, Tiberius and Nahariya Houla in northern Israel
  • 17:33 Reuters: Rice will visit Middle East next Sunday to try to put stop to war
  • 17:30 Two rockets target Golan Heights, sirens heard in Afula
  • 17:27 Heavy shelling on Mays al-Jabal
  • 17:20 Minister of Communications, Marwan Hamade calls on France and Italy to intervene in order to stop Israelis from sending messages to Lebanese that government is responsible for kidnapping of two soldiers
  • 17:18 Yedioth Ahronot: 30 injured as result of Hezbollah’s shelling of settlements and towns
  • 17:15 Rockets target Safad and Tiberias
  • 17:14 Blair does not request Israel to stop its offensive over Lebanon
  • 17:10 Rice will suggest American plan today to end aggression between Hezbollah and Israel
  • 17:07 Lebanese community in Sidney to organize protest in support of Lebanon
  • 17:00 Sirens heard in Haifa
  • 16:41 Air strike on al-A’asayreh in Baalbek
  • 16:30 French Foreign Minister Douste-Blazy: “aggression is unproductive and outcome is disastrous, we are working on finding solutions which will lead to cease-fire."
  • 16:20 Route Company (IT): "interference from Israeli warships affecting Internet communications"
  • 16:10 British Church calls on Blair and Bush to work on cease-fire
  • 16:03 Israeli shelling targets petrol station in Deir Siryan and Marj Debeen in Yohmor al-Shqaif area
  • 16:02 340 killed in Lebanon (one third of them children) and $4 billion in losses
  • 16:01 Saudi king requests establishment of donation campaign by people for Lebanon
  • 15:55 Israeli air strike on al-Kousaybeh /A’adsheet road in Nabatiyeh, Hay Arnoun and Youhmor
  • 15:50 Israeli air strikes on Baalbek
  • 15:42 1,200 refugees arrive in Batroun and special committee receives them
  • 15:35 Heavy Israeli air strikes on Sour (Tyre)
  • 15:18 Relief services request medication, fire extinguishing equipment and provisions
  • 15:15 Two houses damaged in Western Galilee as result of katyousha shelling
  • 15:10 Hezbollah refuses Kofi Anan’s suggestion for cease-fire
  • 14:57 Five rockets hit Ma'alot settlement
  • 14:52 17 Israelis injured result of six Hezbullah rockets targeting Haifa
  • 14:50 French Foreign Minister: clashes between Hezbollah and Israel will lead to disaster in Lebanon
  • 14:45 Israeli air strikes on outskirts of al-Kousaybeh
  • 14:43 Six rockets target Haifa
  • 14:35 Sirens heard in Haifa
  • 14:24 al-Khiam and al-Koulaya’a shelled
  • 14:20 Sheikh Fadlallah: “We appeal to government not to be neutral party in this battle”, and to the politicians, “now is not the time to discuss political differences”
  • 14:05 Number of wounded in Haifa reaches 12
  • 14:03 Three soldiers wounded in Israeli air strike on Bleida
  • 14:01 Rockets target Safad, Rosh Pina, Kiryat Shmona and Hatzor, resulting in one wounded
  • 13:51 Foreign Minister Douste-Blazy meets Nabih Berri and Fouad Siniora
  • 13:44 Israeli television shows scenes of main street in Haifa targeted by Hezbollah rockets
  • 13:44 Rockets target Kiryat Shmona and Safad
  • 13:43 Hezbollah bombing of Haifa results in seven wounded, two seriously
  • 13:40 Rockets target Gulf of Haifa and nearby Krabout
  • 13: 35 Report: German and Russian spies try to contact Hezbollah to release two Israeli soldiers (DPA)
  • 13:30 Several rockets strike areas north of Galilee
  • 13:26 Strike on Maroub and destruction of 3 houses
  • 13:21 Lebanese citizens wishing to return to Lebanon may travel to Cyprus and board French vessels journeying to Lebanon. Average waiting period in Cyprus between 24 to 48 hours
  • 13:20 Three rockets strike Haifa
  • 13:17 Israeli air strike on Jarmaq bridge in Nabatiyeh
  • 13:15 Three killed in series of Israeli air strikes on Baalbek in Bekaa
  • 13:08 Israeli army calls on reservists
  • 13:06 Israel air strikes on environs of Bidyas, Bazouriyeh, Deir Kifa, and Sel’a
  • 13:04 Health officials in Sour (Tyre) begin burying 120 martyrs
  • 13:03 Israel warns several southern villages to evacuate before 2 pm this afternoon and head north to Beirut, including villages of Qabreikha, al-Qantara, al-Shaqra, Markaba, Bint Jbeil, Majdal Sulm, Rabb Atalateen, al-Adaiseh, Talousa, Kfar Shubba, al-Teeba, al-Khiam)
  • 13:02 French, British and Greek warships evacuate their citizens from Beirut Port
  • 13:00 Assembly of Maronite Bishops: Kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, whatever has been said, does not merit destruction of nation or its isolation. Assembly calls for unity, regardless of differences, and urges international community to call for immediate ceasefire
  • 12:55 Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh: “we hope that Security Council calls for cease-fire”
  • 12:53 UN officer asserts that watchtower targeted by Israeli forces and not Hezbollah
  • 12:52 Douste-Blazy: “we call for implementation of 1559 and violence leads to disaster”
  • 12:50 Israeli air strikes on al-Aishiyeh/al-Rihan road
  • 12:43 Ehud Olmert receives letter of support from Arab leader. On 9th day of invasion, land confrontation in South Lebanon and diplomatic confrontation in Security Council
  • 12:40 Joint press conference held by French and Lebanese foreign ministers
  • 12:35 Israeli flyers dropped over South Lebanon warn civilians to flee to areas north of Litani river
  • 12:27 Last chance for British citizens to evacuate is 3 pm today
  • 12:25 Confrontations between Hezbollah and Israeli forces continue in town of Maroun al-Ras
  • 12:23 Fake Israeli air strikes over Western Bekaa
  • 12:20 French Foreign Minister Douste-Blazy checks on French evacuees and is expected to meet with Prime Minister Siniora and Minister Salloukh
  • 12:17 Meeting in Dar al-Fatwa to be attended by Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, President of National Assembly Nabih Berri, Sunni Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rasheed Kabbani, head of the Higher Shiite Council Sheikh Abdel-Amir Kabalan, and Mohammad Assammak
  • 12:13 Israeli air strike targets Manar TV reception antenna in Tomat Neiha
  • 12:10 Israel stipulates that cease-fire can only be met when Hezbollah is disarmed
  • 12:00 17 Israeli air strikes on Baalbek in last hour, last of which targeted town of al-Laqis
  • 11:45 Dwindling fuel reserves could lead to power failure within weeks
  • 11:35 Two Israeli air strikes on electricity station in Baalbek
  • 11:29 Olmert: war will continue until Israel is unable to pay its price
  • 11:28 Renewed clashes between Hezbollah and Israeli army on border village of Maroun al-Ras this morning
  • 11:23 Israeli air trikes on al-Qalaileh, Nabi Omran, Zibqeen, al-Hineyeh and east Saida (Sidon)
  • 11:22 Three air strikes on outskirts of southern town of Abbasiyeh
  • 10:35 Israeli air strike sets fire to bus carrying passengers on al-Fayda/Zahle road
  • 09:52 French Foreign Minister Douste-Blazy arrives in Beirut a short while ago
  • 09:47 Israeli general: We may call on huge number of army reserves
  • 09:36 Israeli air strike on outskirts of Ramadiyeh, Bazouriyeh and Burj Rahhal
  • 09:28 Houses destroyed with residents inside in Aitaroun, resulting in large number of casualties
  • 09:24 Eye witnesses: Many casualties and injuries in Aita Al-Chaab
  • 09:20 Fourth air strike topples old Mdeirej bridge09:02 Third air strike on Mdeirej bridge in less than 15 minutes
  • 08:49 Seven rockets hit Naimeh bridge, two wounded
  • 08:43 Israeli air strike on Mdeirej-Hammana bridge
  • 08:20 Israeli bombs destroy two bulldozers/excavators in Bait Wlaih east of Saida
  • 08:19 Israeli air strikes on Tayr Diba and Ras Al-Ain in Sour (Tyre)
  • 06:10 Israel acknowledges killing of two soldiers by Hezbollah fighters
  • 06:05 Israeli army acknowledges destruction of two helicopters that collided in midair, casualties not specified
  • 05:40 Reconnaissance airplanes circle above Southern Suburb
  • 05:30 Cautious peace prevails
  • 04:07 Total of 1400 Canadians, 500 Australians and 2250 Americans left Lebanon today
  • 3:20 Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf, calls on Israel to stop attack on Lebanon
  • 02:20 Siniora: 330 killed and 1,100 wounded
  • 02:10 Demonstrators in Venezuela burn Israeli flag in front of Israeli embassy in Caracas
  • 01:27 Four Israeli soldiers killed in collision between two helicopters
  • 01:13 Two Apache helicopters collide on Lebanese border resulting in casualties
  • 01:05 News source quoting Haaretz claims thousands of Israeli troops massing on northern border
  • 00:49 Huge demonstration in Barcelona condemning aggression on Lebanon
  • 00:48 Two Israeli helicopters collide in Israel
  • 00:30 Israeli air strike on al-Khiam
  • 00:17 US Congress expresses full support for Israel
  • 00:15 Manar correspondent: Two Israeli air strikes on Shreifa hill in Deir al-Jouz with no casualties
  • 00:10 Damage in Baabda Square limited to material losses
  • 00:05 al-Jazeera correspondent: Israeli army sources confirm army helicopter crashed in Israel

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