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Middle East / Israel & Lebanon / Violence / Gaza #837977

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 20, 2006
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The latest developments in the Middle East crisis reviewed.

(Beirut: Richard Engel) The situation in Lebanon with evacuations from Beirut and continued bombings by Israel reviewed; scenes shown of US Marines helping Americans onto landing craft and the USS Nashville, people left behind, explosions, injured people in Tyre, the rubble from Israeli air strikes; Al Jazeera TV footage shown of Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who is demanding a prisoner exchange. [US commanding officer Col. Joel BARRY†- says we’re happy to be here.] [MAN – reacts to leaving.] [WOMAN – says we just want to leave.]

(Haifa: Martin Fletcher) The fighting between Israel & Hizballah featured; scenes shown of Israeli soldiers looking for tunnels used to store Katyusha rockets. [University of Haifa Dr. Dan SCHUEFTAN†- comments on Israel’s ground operations.] Continuing clashes in Gaza between Israeli troops and Hamas militants noted; scenes shown of fighting, a Hamas march in support of Hizballah. [Hamas spokesman Sami ABU-ZUHRI†- says Palestinian & Lebanese resistance will continue.] The collision of 2 Israeli attack helicopters and the movement of Israeli troops into Lebanon noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Beirut: Ann Curry) The Marines’ mission in Beirut featured; details recalled of the 1983 barracks bombing; photos shown. [Houston resident Betty HAMMOUD†, GIRL, US Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey FELTMAN†- react to the Marines’ assistance.] [L/Cpl. Mac McCRICKARD†- comments on the history & irony for his battalion.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Kaifoun, Lebanon: Kerry Sanders) The refugee crisis in Kaifoun, Lebanon, where people have come to escape the fighting, featured; scenes shown of traffic congestion, refugee children playing, Hizballah members blocking cameras for fear of more Israeli air strikes; statistics on civilian deaths cited. [Kaifoun resident Omar al-SAYID‡- says we are not used to crowds of people.] [Refugee GIRL – says she thinks she will die.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan’s condemnation of Israel’s use of military force against Hizballah noted.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The likelihood that Israel will eventually agree to a cessation of violence due to pressure from the US and declining support in the Arab world examined.

Williams, Brian;
Engel, Richard;
Fletcher, Martin;
Curry, Ann;
Sanders, Kerry;
Mitchell, Andrea

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