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Middle East / Israel & Lebanon / Violence #838380

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 25, 2006
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The latest developments in the Middle East crisis reviewed.

(Haifa: Martin Fletcher) The fighting in the Israel-Lebanon border area reviewed; Lebanese TV footage shown of Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah commenting on rocket attacks deeper inside Israel; scenes shown of explosions in Beirut, Israeli ground troops fighting at Bint Jbiel, damage in northern Israel, the funeral for an Israeli Arab teenager, an injured girl, the arrival of US relief supplies in Beirut; details given of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s negotiation of an agreement from Israel to allow humanitarian aid to enter Lebanon. [Israeli Prime Minister Ehud OLMERT†- says he will take severe measures against those aiming rockets & missiles against innocent civilians.]

(Tyre, Lebanon: Richard Engel) The desperation in devastated southern Lebanon featured; scenes shown of ambulances delivering medicine & bread, Lebanese-American refugees. [Dr. Hussein SELYMAN††- comments on the increase in communicable diseases.] [Refugees Zenaib CHAHINE††, MOTHER, Mada MANSOUR††– comment on relatives left behind and the dead; plead for help.] The continuing launches of Katyusha rockets discussed.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Rice’s arrival in Rome, Italy, for a Middle East summit noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams; Rome: Andrea Mitchell) Rice’s rejection of a cease-fire and negotiations over an international force discussed; details given of the US view that this conflict is a power struggle with Iran over the future of democracy in the Middle East.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Beirut: Kerry Sanders) The relative safety in the Christian enclaves of Beirut, where life goes on as normal, featured; details given about the differences among the several religious groups. [Restaurant owner Maurice MELKI††- says it’s routine for us.] [Former Miss Lebanon Clemence ACHKAR††- says we are not engaged in this war because we didn’t ask for it.]

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

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