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NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 24, 2006
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The latest developments in the Middle East crisis, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s diplomatic trip to the region, reviewed; statistics on damage in Lebanon cited.

(Jerusalem: Andrea Mitchell) Rice’s trip reviewed; scenes shown from her surprise visit to Beirut, where she met with government leaders; details given of Rice’s rejection of an immediate cease-fire and the US peace proposal. [RICE – says peace will have to be based on enduring principles.] The notable omissions from this trip of Rice’s usual stops and the challenge of getting her into the war zone discussed.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Reports introduced.

(Tyre, Lebanon: Richard Engel) The growing humanitarian crisis in south Lebanon featured; scenes shown of damaged bridges & buildings, a burning oil depot, people fleeing, bombed-out ambulances. [U.N. humanitarian aid coordinator Jan EGELAND††- comments on increasing numbers of displaced, wounded & dead, many of whom are children.] [In Tyre, MAN – says they are hitting civilian positions.]

(Haifa: Martin Fletcher) The fighting in the Israel-Lebanon border area featured; scenes shown of explosions in Bint Jbiel, Lebanon, wounded Israeli soldiers, a downed helicopter, rocket damage in Nahariya, Israel, an Israeli refugee camp. [Israeli Defense Forces Brig. Gen. Ido NEHUSHTAN†- says this terror organization {Hizballah} has been preparing for this war for years.] [Israeli REFUGEE, Orly BITON†– react to leaving their homes.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) Israel’s bombing of Lebanese banks to cut off Hizballah’s financial infrastructure featured; map shown; targeted banks listed; Al Manar TV clip shown of an appeal for money for Hizballah to be sent to the Middle East and Africa Bank, which had ties to the US bank Wachovia. [Israeli counterterrorism advisor Brig. Gen. Dani ARDITI†- says assistance to Hizballah is assistance to a terrorist organization.] [Terrorism analyst Daniel BENJAMIN†- assesses Israel’s strategy.]

Williams, Brian;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Engel, Richard;
Fletcher, Martin;
Myers, Lisa

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