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8/06/2006 World News: 10 Israelis, 8 Lebanese Killed in Lastest Attacks


Israel – Lebanon: Israeli officials say a barrage of Hezbollah rockets has killed at least 10 people in a small Israeli town near the border with Lebanon.
Those killed are reported to be reserve soldiers. At least nine people were wounded in the attack, some seriously.
Israeli authorities say the rockets hit several buildings in Kfar Giladi (just north of Kiryat Shemona).
The attack is the deadliest rocket strike on Israel since the Israeli - Hezbollah conflict began more than three weeks ago. Earlier, Lebanese officials said Israel also carried out more air strikes in Lebanon today (Sunday), killing eight civilians.

Israel – Palestinians: The Israeli army has arrested the speaker of the Palestinian parliament in a raid on his home.
Palestinian officials said Abdel Aziz Duaik was detained early today (Sunday) at his house in Ramallah. Israeli military officials confirmed the arrest, saying Duaik's status as a Hamas leader made him a target for detention.
Last week, Israel rounded up at least 31 Hamas officials, including eight Cabinet ministers.
Meanwhile, Israel has been continuing its military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Israel – Lebanon Diplomacy: The U.N. Security Council will reconvene today (Sunday) to consider a draft resolution calling for a full cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The resolution introduced by the United States and France Saturday calls for Hezbollah to immediately end all attacks on Israel, and for Israel to immediately stop all offensive military operations.
The draft, which could be held to a vote in the coming days, also calls for the "disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon."
Lebanese officials say they will demand changes because the resolution does not require Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon.

Indonesia – Mideast: Thousands of people throughout Indonesia are holding street rallies today (Sunday) to condemn Israel's offensive in Lebanon.
In Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, at least 15-hundred people gathered on streets leading to the U.S. embassy to protest Israel and Washington's support of its close ally.
Protesters were mainly Muslim, but also included several leaders of the Christian and Buddhist community there.
The crowd marched with signs dubbing Israel and the United States as "aggressors" and "terrorists."

Iraq – US Court Martial: A U.S. military court in Baghdad has begun a hearing into whether four American soldiers should face a court-martial for the alleged rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of three members of her family.
The family was attacked March 12th at their home in the town of Mahmoudiya. Military prosecutors say the four soldiers abandoned their checkpoint and invaded the house in a Sunni Arab area south of Baghdad.The court hearing that began today is to determine if there is enough evidence for a court martial. The hearing is expected to last several days.The four soldiers could face the death penalty if they are found guilty in a court martial.

Iraq: U.S. troops sent to reinforce security in Baghdad have been deployed across the Iraqi capital in an attempt to decrease the sectarian violence that has left thousands dead.
Officials said the 172nd Stryker Brigade, redeployed from northern Iraq, was out in force Saturday, particularly in the Sunni-dominated western portion of the city.
Iraq, and particularly Baghdad, has been engulfed in a wave of sectarian violence between Shi'ite and Sunni Arabs since the February bombing of a Shi'ite mosque in Samarra.
Meanwhile, officials said at least 21 people were killed (Saturday) in several attacks across the country.

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