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Middle East / Israel & Lebanon / Gaza Crisis #837192

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 12, 2006
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The new crisis in the Middle East with Israel fighting on 2 fronts - Lebanon & Gaza - introduced.

(Zarit, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Israel’s attacks in southern Lebanon, sparked by Hizballah’s raid in which Israeli soldiers were killed & 2 were captured, featured; scenes shown of the blown-out vehicle ambushed by Hizballah, Israeli artillery firing, people in bomb shelters; details given of Hizballah’s aim for a prisoner swap. [Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi LIVNI†- says there is an axis of terror & hate created by Iran, Syria, Hizballah & Hamas.] Israel’s escalating campaign in Gaza, where Palestinian civilians have been killed, noted; scenes shown.

(Gaza City: Richard Engel) The humanitarian crisis in Gaza featured; scenes shown of Palestinians collecting food from the U.N.; details given about Israel’s lockdown on supply shipments and destruction of the power plant, the hardship created by economic sanctions on the Hamas government and concern about disease. [U.N. Relief and Works Agency John GING†- says it’s a struggle just to survive.]

Williams, Brian;
Fletcher, Martin;
Engel, Richard

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