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Middle East / Israel & Lebanon / Violence #834718

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 25, 2006
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The death of two U.N. observers in an Israeli air raid in southern Lebanon, a statement from Hizballah deputy chief Mahmoud Komati† about the war & Israel's expansion of a security zone in southern Lebanon noted.

(Metulla: Jim Sciutto) The situation on the Israel-Lebanon border featured; scenes shown of artillery & warplane fire & tanks on the road & fires in Israel from Hizballah rockets; details given of Israel's military plans for incursions into Lebanese territory. [Israeli defense forces spokesman Maj. Michael OREN†- says there is no alternative to ground forces.] [Two Israeli SOLDIERS - comment on Hizballah.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Beirut: David Wright) The refugee crisis in Lebanon due to Israel's bombs featured; scenes shown of the people in cars, mosques, prisons & other temporary shelters & of refugees in Sidon. [In Beirut, Bint Jbiel Mayor Haj Ali BAZZI†- {thru reporter's translation} wishes he could fight.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) The end of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's two days of shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East noted.

(Jerusalem: George Stephanopoulos) The question of whether the US dual strategy for the region will work examined; details given about the positions of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak & Jordan's King Abdullah on the US refusal to restrain Israel's military. [With Rice, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud OLMERT - says we have to work together to make things better for the Lebanese.] [Brookings Inst. Martin INDYK†- says if there is not consensus in the Rome talks the situation will get worse; assesses Hizballah's status.] [President BUSH - asks if the free world will work together.]

Gibson, Charles;
Sciutto, Jim;
Wright, David;
Stephanopoulos, George

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