Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Minute by Minute:: July 26

Source: Tayyar, New TV and other news sources

  • 23:47 AFP: Two thirds of Lebanese people support taking two soldiers hostage; 85% say Hezbollah right in fighting Israel
  • 23:33 Two Israeli air strikes on Sarba Houmine center
  • 23:28 Israeli military spokesperson admits one Israeli officer killed in Hezbollah ambush in Maroun al-Ras, and 3 others seriously injured
  • 23:09 Israeli planes circle over northern Metn
  • 22:33 Israeli air strikes on villages in Iqlim al-Tuffah and western Beqaa
  • 22:31 Israeli planes target two trucks on Dhour el-Choueir road
  • 22:29 Israeli air strike on outskirts of Ain al-Tineh in western Beqaa
  • 22:06 Israeli air strike on Arab al-Jal – Sarba triangle in Iqlim al-Tuffah
  • 22:02 Three Israeli air strikes on al-Zrariyeh area
  • 22:01 Irish Defense Minister announces that commander of Irish team in Lebanon called Israelis 6 times on Tuesday to warn them against any aggressions near UN posts
  • 22:00 Israeli reconnaissance planes circle over Zahle
  • 21:29 Tens of Lebanese injured in Israeli air strike on residential building in Sour (Tyre)
  • 21:21 Financial sources estimate cost of rebuilding Lebanon to date at $2 billion20:58 Reuters: China urges Security Council to denounce Israeli aggression on UN peace-keeping forces
  • 20:42 AP: Iranian President Ahmadinejad calls for immediate ceasefire and unconditional negotiations
  • 20:38 AP: Iranian President Ahmadinejad says US wants to redraw map of Middle East with Israel’s help
  • 20:19 Haaretz: Five Israeli soldiers wounded in clashes in Maroun al-Ras
  • 20:15 Renewed Israeli air strikes on Amal offices in Zefta
  • 20:06 Israeli air strike targets truck on road to Masnaa on Syria-Lebanon border, destroying truck and injuring driver; driver is transported to hospital in area
  • 19:53 Missile falls near Ansar
  • 19:43 Hezbollah missiles target Haifa
  • 19:39 Israel continues shelling of areas near UN posts in southern Lebanon
  • 19:36 Israeli air strike on Masnaa road targets and completely destroys truck carrying medical supplies
  • 19:33 Israeli military official: attack on Lebanon might stretch for weeks
  • 19:25 Renewed Israeli air strikes on Western Bekaa
  • 19:21 Israeli air strike on Sour (Tyre) results in civilian deaths
  • 19:09 Member of Amal is killed in Israeli air strike on Zefta
  • 19:04 Canadian government sets final deadline for evacuation of citizens from Lebanon; those wishing to leave must head towards Beirut Port within 48 hours
  • 18:57 Heavy Israeli air strikes on outskirts of al-Hiniyeh, al-Eziyeh, al-Mansouri and al-Hawza al-Diniya in Sour (Tyre)
  • 18:51 Clashes continue in Bint Jbeil and Aitaroun; Hizbullah resorts to night-time ambushes
  • 18:49 Hezbollah kills Israeli intelligence group of four soldiers on Lebanese border
  • 18:44 Israeli air strike on outskirts of Mayfadoun destroys three residential buildings at al-Ikha’ complex
  • 18:42 Civilian Farid al-Duna killed in Israeli air strike on Zefta
  • 18:35 French president Jacques Chirac: France can play pivotal role in international force in Lebanon
  • 18:31 UN Security Council to condemn Israeli attack on UN post in Lebanon
  • 18:29 MK spy plane circles over central Bekaa
  • 18:26 Germany opposes deployment of NATO peace-keeping forces in southern Lebanon
  • 18:14 Renewed Hezbollah bombing of Nahariya
  • 18:09 Damascus calls for cease-fire and exchange of prisoners between Lebanon and Israel
  • 18:05 Reuters: Irish general warns Israel of endangering UN personnel in Lebanon
  • 18:02 Italy announces it will send soldiers to Lebanon as part of international force
  • 17:57 EU foreign ministers meet on August 1st to discuss situation in Middle East
  • 17:33 Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir: “weapons should be in hands of formal army and government is responsible for safety of its citizens; I suggest that those concerned meet and reach solution to disarm Hezbollah according to protocol”
  • 17:31 Saudi television begins campaign to collect donations for Lebanon
  • 17:28 Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir calls for implementation of international resolutions including 1559
  • 17:26 Secret German efforts to arrange prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hezbollah
  • 17:20 AFP: Israel suspects Hassan Nasrallah in Iranian embassy; Tehran denies claims
  • 17:21 Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir: I returned to Lebanon because that is my duty and there was no means of transportation from Cyprus except for US helicopter
  • 17:19 Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir: third power must intervene to separate two disputing nations; this power must deploy between all those who have yet to reach agreement, and Lebanon has not reached understanding with both Syria and Israel
  • 17:18 Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir: We must face these events with solidarity and political disagreement must not lead to what is going on now; we must treat situation with means available to us
  • 17:17 Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir: it is every person's duty to aid displaced without differentiation; there are those who say that what has happened today was going to happen in September, but it has happened and tragedy is great and unprecedented
  • 17:15 Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir to al-Arabiya: ordeal this time harsher than ever before; church is working with Caritas on relief; Pope is following up situation in Lebanon on daily basis and has called on humanitarian organizations for help; he has called for cease-fire and believes all people alike – Palestinians, Jews and Lebanese – have right to live in peace
  • 17:08 Hezbollah disagrees with Siniora’s plan except on cease-fire and exchange of prisoners
  • 16:50 Hezbollah arrests 40 people in southern suburb of Beirut accused of spying for Israel
  • 16:40 Rome conference statement supports deployment of UN international force in Lebanon
  • 16:38 Fierce confrontations in Bint Jbeil, great losses for Israeli army
  • 16:36 Chirac: Syrian regime incompatible with peace
  • 16:20 Israeli air strike targets Amal office in Zefta
  • 16:15 Israeli air strike on Nabatiyeh, al-Numairiyeh, Zefta triangle
  • 16:12 Hezbollah rockets target settlements of Nahariya, Kiryat Bialik, Ghosh, Goren and Avivim
  • 16:10 Siniora: Israel appears to have had pre-existing plan, as reaction was disproportional to action
  • 16:05 Siniora: Hezbollah represented in Lebanese parliament and cabinet, and had great role in liberating Lebanese land occupied by Israel
  • 16:04 Kofi Anan: UN international forces in bombed UN post were in contact with Israeli army; we await conclusion of investigation into killing of UN international forces by Israeli shelling
  • 16:01 Siniora: there must be no weapons outside government authority; international force necessary to help Lebanese government impose its authority on country
  • 15:58 Fouad Siniora: “it is important that we present our case to Rome conference participants; part of our country is still occupied, there are Lebanese detained in Israeli prisons and Israel continues to refuse to hand over maps of its landmines in Lebanon; we have asked participants to provide aid and most importantly cease fire; We must work to protect Lebanon and implement cease-fire”
  • 15:55 Rice: “Syria has not fulfilled UN resolution 1559, while Iran also has obligations; UN Secretary General will call upon both these countries to fulfill their obligations as the time has come for each to make their decision”
  • 15:52 Rice: there is still plenty for us to do and we are committed to taking swift measures to end violence through lasting peace and Lebanese government control over Lebanon
  • 15:47 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in joint press conference: political framework necessary to resolve crisis; we will immediately begin to send humanitarian aid
  • 15:44 D'Alema: talks have failed because of obstinate US opposition to cease-fire; participants adamant to achieve permanent cease-fire; discussions taking place to provide security assistance to Lebanese government; agreement to hold meeting for donor countries
  • 15:42 Italian foreign minister Massimo D'Alema reads closing statement of Rome conference
  • 15:40 Rome conference on Lebanese conflict concludes
  • 15:36 Rice in press conference shortly
  • 15:34 Chirac: France can play large role in international force in Lebanon
  • 15:32 Chirac: we want cease-fire, political commitment and international force capable of firmly implementing this commitment
  • 14:52 Hezbollah rockets target settlements of Kiryat Shmona, Gonen and Kfar Sold
  • 14:45 Prime minister Siniora: Lebanon will take legal measures against Israel for compensation of damages and losses
  • 14:26 Yedioth Ahronot: Over 25 injured among Golani battalion in Bint Jbeil clashes
  • 14:20 EU describes Israeli shelling of UN forces unacceptable and calls for investigation
  • 14:11 Haaretz: Hezbollah rockets target Tabarayya (Tiberius)
  • 14:04 Hundreds of Lebanese and Arabs demonstrate in front of Israeli embassy in Washington for cease-fire in Lebanon
  • 14:04 Israeli defense committee chief: determined to achieve goals in Lebanon
  • 14:02 Haaretz: renewed Hezbollah shelling of Galilee
  • 13:56 Israeli press: clashes in Bint Jbeil are moving from house to house and Israeli army sustains great losses
  • 13:53 Prime Minister Fouad Siniora from Rome: they bring destruction and call it peace
  • 13:49 Egyptian President Husni Mubarak: chaos may spread across Middle East if hostilities continue between Hezbollah and Israel
  • 13:47 Egyptian President Husni Mubarak: there is agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia that Rome conference must come up with clear and definite resolution for cease-fire and rescue Lebanese people; no solution can be achieved before cease-fire is implemented and destruction stopped
  • 13:42 Reuters: 418 killed in Lebanon since beginning of hostilities
  • 13:34 Hezbollah rockets target Haifa, injuring many
  • 13:27 At least 11 Hezbollah rockets fall on Carmail
  • 13:14 Renewed Hezbollah shelling of Akka (Acre), Carmail and Safad; one rocket strikes empty apartment and another hits electrical appliances warehouse, injuring several people
  • 13:05 Israel admits 13 soldiers injured in Bint Jbeil hostilities
  • 12:35 News of 35 Israeli soldiers injured in Bint Jbeil
  • 12:35 Heavy Israeli flights over al-Zahrani
  • 12:25 Israelis remove bodies of Lebanese fighters killed from battleground
  • 12:05 Environment Ministry recommends citizens keep away from polluted areas on coast
  • 11:55 Israeli air strike on Aaitit, Maarake and Wadi al-Aaziyeh
  • 11:50 Some 150 injured Lebanese evacuated to Jordan
  • 11:45 al-Hurra TV: France suggests draft resolution at Rome conference as solution
  • 11:40 Israeli military source: 9 Israeli soldiers killed and 25 injured in Bint Jbeil
  • 11:26 Renewed Hezbollah shelling of Haifa
  • 11:25 Rome conference begins discussions today on Lebanese crisis; Israel not participating in summit
  • 11:20 Israeli airplanes drop pamphlets over Saida (Sidon) listing names of nine Hezbollah fighters killed
  • 11:10 Finland calls for Israeli investigation regarding attack on UN forces
  • 10:55 Hezbollah rockets hit Haifa, resulting in breakout of fires and two injured, one seriously
  • 10:52 Israeli forces mass additional units on northern border overnight
  • 10:50 Mubarak: Egypt will not enter war against Israel
  • 10:40 Delegations continue to arrive in Rome to participate in discussions on Lebanese crisis
  • 10:30 Beijing confirms Chinese UN observer killed in southern Lebanon
  • 10:30 Jordanian plane carrying supplies lands in Beirut airport
  • 10:22 Three Jordanian military planes to land in Beirut airport carrying UN supplies
  • 10:20 410 Lebanese killed since start of Israeli attack on Lebanon
  • 10:15 Renewed shelling of Haifa and Tabaraya (Tiberius)
  • 10:00 One Israeli soldier killed and five wounded in fierce confrontations in Bint Jbeil
  • 09:31 Israel takes Nasrallah’s statements seriously and is ready to face Hezbollah’s rockets
  • 09:29 Power outage in Marjeyoun and surrounding villages after shelling of power station
  • 09:26 Israeli shelling on outskirts of Baraashit, Shaqra and Tibnine
  • 09:18 China denounces Israeli shelling of international forces base in southern Lebanon
  • 09:14 Indian division rescues bodies of four UN observers killed in al-Khiam
  • 09:07 Hezbollah in fierce clashes with Israelis in Tal Masoud and Aitaroun, Maroun al-Ras and Bint Jbeil triangle
  • 08:02 Five Hezbollah rockets fall on Tabarayya (Tiberius)
  • 08:00 One Israeli soldier killed and five wounded in Bint Jbeil
  • 03:48 Precarious calm on all fronts
  • 03:40 Kofi Annan expresses pain and displeasure at apparently intentional Israeli attack on UN barracks
  • 03:32 Israel expresses regret for killing of four UN observers
  • 03:26 US Democrats criticize Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki’s comments on Israel
  • 03:20 Aid agencies warn of imminent humanitarian crisis in Lebanon
  • 02:50 Maronite Patriarch Nassrallah Sfeir: Lebanon is passing through most critical period it has ever known; he called on Lebanese to strengthen their unity to overcome present crisis and to keep Lebanon free, democratic and independent.
  • 02:32 Israeli airplanes circle over Amshit and Batroun
  • 02:20 Large number of Lebanese in Bahrain demonstrate in front of Lebanese embassy in support of Lebanon
  • 02:15 Kofi Annan asks Israel to investigate its “targeting” of UN barracks
  • 02:10 Reuters: Israel says it has killed Hezbollah commander in today’s clashes in southern Lebanon
  • 02:00 20 people killed in Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon and Bekaa today
  • 01:21 Hezbollah foil Israeli ground advance and destroy Merkava tank in Bint Jbeil
  • 01:20 Hezbollah halts Israeli advance towards Center 17
  • 00:19 Four UN observers killed in Israeli shelling near al-Khiam
  • 00:14 Manar TV to broadcast statement by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah
  • 00:02 al-Jazeera correspondent: Israeli air strike kills a cultural figure of Hezbollah
  • 00:01 Israeli shelling targets UN observer post in southern Lebanon; casualties reported

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