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Middle East / Israel & Lebanon / Violence / Blitzer Interview #833680

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Jul 13, 2006
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(Studio: John Roberts) A two-front war for Israel in Gaza & Lebanon, where Hizballah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers leading to the shelling of Lebanon & the response of shelling of Haifa, Israel, noted.

(Beirut: Alessio Vinci) Breaking news on another round of air strikes in southern Beirut reviewed; scenes shown of the damaged Beirut airport, including a flaming depot, damaged buildings; details given of a blockade of the ports & the call from the Lebanese government for the U.N. Security Council to intervene. [Lebanese RESIDENTS - react.] [Lebanese analyst Ibrahim MOUSSAOUI - calls for an Israeli cease-fire.] The reasons for the Israeli raids on areas outside of southern Lebanon, which is the Hizballah stronghold, discussed.

(Studio: John Roberts) The authorizing by the US Embassy in Beirut of the departure of personnel noted.

(Haifa: John Vause) A terrifying day for Israelis in the north of the country due to Hizballah shelling featured; scenes shown from Nasariya & Haifa; details recalled of Hizballah's taking two Israeli soldiers as hostages. [Israeli defense forces chief of staff Lt. Gen. Dan HALUTZ†- says Beirut will be targeted.] [Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Mark REGEV†- expresses concern our servicepeople might be taken to Iraq.] The significance of the rockets being able to hit the densely populated city of Haifa discussed.

(Studio: John Roberts) The US veto of an Arab-sponsored U.N. resolution calling for Israel to end operations in Gaza & actions by the European Union & the Arab League noted.

(Jerusalem: Paula Hancocks) The outbreak of fighting between Israel & Palestinians in Gaza following the kidnapping of soldier Gilad Shalit & then the start of Hizballah-Israel fighting at the Lebanon border reviewed; scenes shown of the June meeting of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert & Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. [Palestinian official Nabil SHAATH†- comments.] [Israeli vice premier Shimon PERES††- speaks against Hizballah.]

(Studio: John Roberts) Taped interview held with "The Situation Room" anchor Wolf Blitzer about the Middle East. [BLITZER - says it looks like the situation could escalate into a broader confrontation with the involvement of Syria & Iraq; comments on the threat from Iran & Israel's concern about nuclear weapons; says the US could do some things in this crisis behind the scenes diplomatically.] Statement from Iranian Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the outcome of an attack on Syria quoted.

(Studio: John Roberts) The "raw data" from the World Bank Group on Israel & Lebanon compared.

Roberts, John;
Vinci, Alessio;
Vause, John;
Hancocks, Paula

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