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Middle East / Israel & Lebanon / Violence #834665

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 23, 2006
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The latest developments in the escalating crisis in the Middle East reviewed.

(Beirut: Richard Engel) The exchange of rocket fire between Hizballah & Israel featured; scenes shown of damaged buildings, shelled roads & bridges in southern Lebanon, the ghost town of Nabatiya‡, the hospital & relief trucks. [U.N. emergency relief coordinator Jim EGELAND†- says there will be more & more civilian Casualties.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Haifa: Mark Potter) Hizballah's rocket fire into southern Israel featured; scenes shown from Haifa & other border towns of damages, Israel's ground & air campaign in Lebanon & of empty areas in Haifa; details given of the diplomatic talks. [Israeli Prime Minister Ehud OLMERT†- cites the right of self-defense.] [Israeli army reserve Brig. Gen. Shuki SHACHOR†- talks about the hidden missiles.] [British foreign office minister Kim HOWELLS†- asks Israel to remember there is a political war as well.] [Haifa university STUDENT - reacts.] The condition of ill former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon updated.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(White House: Rosiland Jordan) The background to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's diplomatic mission to the Middle East after a meeting with President Bush & representatives from Saudi Arabia featured; details given of the Saudi plan. [At the White House, Saudi foreign minister SAUD al-Faisal - comments on Rice.] [On Fox, US Ambassador to U.N. John BOLTON†- talks about Syria.] [On "Meet the Press," White House chief of staff Josh BOLTEN†- says the crisis was created by a Hizballah attack.] The US view that Syria & Iran are behind the Hizballah reign of terror discussed.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Al Jdaideh, Syria: Jim Maceda) The treacherous journey for Lebanese fleeing to Al Jdaideh† in Syria featured; scenes shown of the massive traffic jam in Lebanon, including the views of the Younis family. [Vacationing AMERICAN - says she wants to find her way home.] [Syrian Red Crescent director Abdul Rahman ATTAR†- sees problems.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The evacuation of more Americans from Lebanon to Cyprus noted.

(Beirut: Kerry Sanders) The decision by Americans like Lebanese-American Samar Lehan‡ to stay behind in Lebanon examined; scenes shown from Beirut. [Samar's uncle Nayef DERGHAM†- says you cannot leave your family behind.] [American businessman Reed CLARK‡- explains why he will stay.]

Seigenthaler, John;
Engel, Richard;
Potter, Mark;
Jordan, Rosiland;
Maceda, Jim;
Sanders, Kerry

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