ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 13, 2006
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(Studio: Terry Moran) Israel's furious assault into Lebanon targeting Hizballah, which is firing rockets in response, introduced; map shown.
(Beirut: David Wright) The conflict on both sides of the Israel-Lebanon border featured; scenes shown of strikes into Lebanon from air & sea & of the site in Haifa, Israel, where rockets struck; details given of Israel's goal of forcing the release of two Israeli soldiers who were taken hostage. [Israeli chief of staff Dan HALUTZ†- says nothing is safe.] [South Lebanon resident Sam JOUDI†- says civilians get caught in the middle.] Israel's threats to Iran & Syria, who are Hizballah's sponsors, noted.
(Studio: Terry Moran) The comeback of Beirut from the crises of the 1970s & 1980s noted.
(Nahariya: Wilf Dinnick) The Hizballah rocket strikes on Nahariya, Israel, featured; scenes shown from sites where the rockets landed. [Resident Mos Izhak FIEGLIN†- says it's a frightening situation.]
(Studio: Terry Moran) Some background on the group Hizballah, whose aim is to destroy Israel & create an Islamic state, presented; details given about its role as a political & social force in Lebanon, its 1983 bombing of the US Marines barracks in Beirut & its funding from Iran. ["An Nabar" newspaper correspondent Hisham MELHEM†- talks about Hizballah in Lebanon.] [Former US ambassador to Israel Martin INDYK†- says this suits Iran's strategy by creating a side issue.]
(Studio: Terry Moran) Statement from President Bush, who is in Stralsund, Germany, en route to the G8 summit, noted. [BUSH - says Israel has a right to defend herself against terrorist attacks; expresses concern about the fragile democracy in Lebanon.]
(Studio: Terry Moran; Bostock, Germany: Martha Raddatz) The challenge for the Bush administration & what the US can do in the region by trying to bring together some allies discussed.
(Studio: Terry Moran) The impact of the Middle East crisis on the US economy noted; Stock Market Report.
(Studio: Terry Moran, Betsy Stark) The effect of the Middle East crisis on oil trading outlined & likely higher gasoline prices discussed.