ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 18, 2006
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(Jerusalem: Charles Gibson) Israel's campaign to cripple Hizballah & drive it back from its northern border updated; details given about the day's events, including Israel's accusation of Iran's involvement & Hizballah's continued attacks on Haifa.
(Beirut: David Wright) The start of the evacuation of Americans from Beirut during a quiet day featured; scenes shown of a few citizens boarding helicopters, the damages in south Beirut from Israel's bombs, people crossing the northern border into Syria, Israel's targeting of trucks & Americans at the embassy gates. [US Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey FELTMAN- says safe travel takes time.] [Lebanese resident Nisreen SALEH- describes the sad conditions here.]
(Jerusalem: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.
(Larnaca, Cyprus: Jim Sciutto) The arrival of evacuating Americans in Cyprus featured; scenes shown; details given of the mobilization for a mass exodus. [Former hostage Joseph CICIPPIO- says Lebanon died in one day; hopes he can return.] [Wife Elham CICIPPIO- wonders about our destiny.]
(Jerusalem: Charles Gibson) The situation here in Israel introduced.
(Haifa: Dan Harris) Hizballah strikes today in northern Israel featured; scenes shown from Nahariya, Haifa, a nearby air base & artillery firing. [Father of kidnapped Israeli soldier Shlomo GOLDWASSER- asks the captors for a sign.] [Mother Mickey GOLDWASSER- explains her reaction to what happened to her son.]
(Jerusalem: Charles Gibson) The front line along the border between Israel & Lebanon noted; map shown.
(Over & in northern Israel: Charles Gibson) A flight over the border featured; scenes shown from inside an Israeli helicopter flying over the northern cities that have been hit by Hizballah rockets; details given about the issue of whether the Israelis can cripple Hizballah from the air alone. [In interview at the headquarters of the northern command, chief of staff Brig. Gen. Shuki SHIHRUIZ- explains the impact of the operation on Hizballah.] [Israeli defense forces Brig. Gen. Ido NEHUSTAN- says ground forces are ready.]