July 30, 2006

Israel kills another 40 in one hit - Condi not wanted in Lebanon

This is from Reuters.
An Israeli air strike killed at least 40 Lebanese civilians, including 23 children, on Sunday, prompting the Lebanese government to cancel a planned visit to Beirut by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

The raid on the southern village of Qana was the bloodiest single attack during Israel's 19-day-old war on Hizbollah and rescuers said the death toll might rise.

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said he would hold no negotiations before a ceasefire and officials said they had told Rice to stay away from Beirut until the fighting stopped.

Siniora denounced "Israeli war criminals". He demanded an immediate, unconditional ceasefire and an international investigation into "Israeli massacres".

The air strike, whose target was not immediately clear, occurred as Rice was in Jerusalem on a mission to persuade Israel and Lebanon to agree on an international force to deploy on the border.
So Condi's not wanted in Lebanon. But perhaps she, together with Bush, Blair and Olmert, should be wanted in the Hague.

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