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Middle East / Israel and Lebanon / Violence / Lahoud Interview #903203

FNC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 16, 2006
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(Washington: James Rosen) The Lebanese army’s deployment to and Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon and the creation of the U.N. peacekeeping force reviewed; details given on Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni’s urge for the U.N. peacekeepers to succeed. [Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad SINIORA††- {thru translator} comments on the Lebanese army’s mission.] [In Washington, Israeli deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres†- implies Israel will not be defeated.]

(Beirut, Lebanon: Shepard Smith) The Arab planes that were allowed to fly over Israel to bring aid to Lebanon and President Bush’s administration’s dismissal of the aid given by Hizballah to Lebanese civilians noted; details given and scenes shown of a Lebanese family living in a tent outside their damaged home.

(Beirut, Lebanon: Shepard Smith) Taped interview held with the president of Lebanon Emile Lahoud† about Israel’s actions in southern Lebanon and Hizballah. [LAHOUD – says he knows nothing about Hizballah’s resistance but Syria is not in control of Hizballah; suggests the war strengthened Hizballah; expresses anger toward Israel for demolishing Lebanon; claims Israel used the kidnapping of its soldiers as an excuse for the attack.]

Rosen, James;
Smith, Shepard

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