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Middle East / Israel & Lebanon / Violence #837739

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 18, 2006
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(Haifa: Brian Williams) The latest developments in the Middle East crisis reviewed; statistics on evacuations & casualties cited.

(Beirut: Richard Engel) The evacuation of Americans from Beirut as Israel increased attacks elsewhere in Lebanon featured; scenes shown of people boarding helicopters and a ship, a Hizballah weapons truck on fire, an explosion in Tyre, bodies of civilians, a funeral for Lebanese army soldiers, destroyed buildings in Beirut, people in shelters. [US Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey FELTMAN††- says we will facilitate Americans to leave as long as we need to.] [Student Lizzy COLMIA‡- reacts to leaving.]

(Haifa: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Haifa: Martin Fletcher) Hizballah’s rocket attacks in northern Israel reviewed; scenes shown from a bomb shelter in Nahariya, frightened people, sites hit by Katyusha rockets, a woman trying to call her husband as a phone rings next to a dead body.

(Haifa: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Larnaca, Cyprus: Dawn Fratangelo) The arrival in Cyprus of evacuees from Lebanon featured; scenes shown; details given about the plans for the evacuation of Americans.

(Haifa: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Dearborn, Michigan: Kevin Tibbles) The anxiety of Lebanese Americans who have family members visiting Lebanon featured; scenes shown from Dearborn, Michigan, of a demonstration where many people criticized the speed of US efforts to evacuate Americans. [Dearborn residents Albert, Hassan & Hussein ABBAS†, Chicago resident Camellia ODET‡- worry about their relatives.] [From Syria, voice of Abbas brothers’ FATHER – says we got here safely.]

(Haifa: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(White House: David Gregory) The administration’s policy toward the fighting featured; details given of President Bush’s blaming of Syria for supporting Hizballah. [BUSH – says it’s in our interest that Syria stay out of Lebanon.] Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s upcoming trip to the region and the US position on a cease-fire noted.

Williams, Brian;
Engel, Richard;
Fletcher, Martin;
Fratangelo, Dawn;
Tibbles, Kevin;
Gregory, David

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