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8/13/2006 World News: Israeli Cabinet Meets to Consider UN Ceasefire Resolution


Israel – Lebanon Diplomacy: Israel's Cabinet has been meeting to decide whether to accept a U.N. resolution calling for a ceasefire in the month-long conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Israeli media say Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is likely to secure majority support for the resolution.
Speaking before today's (Sunday's) meeting, Israeli Tourism Minister Isaac Herzog said the government views the resolution positively and plans to enter into a ceasefire Monday.
Herzog says Israel will monitor Hezbollah to see if it pulls fighters out of southern Lebanon, as the U.N. Security Council resolution adopted Friday requires.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah confirmed his forces will abide by the U.N. ceasefire, but says Hezbollah will continue fighting as long as Israeli troops are in Lebanon.

Lebanon – Aid: Red Cross officials in Lebanon say they remain unable to provide aid or to evacuate casualties in the southern part of the country because of continued Israeli airstrikes.
An International Committee of the Red Cross spokesman, Roland Huguenin, says aid has only reached one Lebanese village (Maarakeh) in the last week.
He says air raids and fighting between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israeli troops have made it virtually impossible for the Red Cross to reach areas south of the Litani River, where more than 85-thousand civilians are in need of assistance.

Israel – Lebanon: Israeli authorities say Hezbollah militants have fired a barrage of rockets at communities in northern Israel, killing one civilian and wounding at least 12 others.
Israeli officials say the civilian was killed today (Sunday) when a rocket struck a house in a northwestern community near the Lebanese border.
Earlier, Lebanese officials said Israeli warplanes struck targets across Lebanon today (Sunday), killing at least five people.
Israel's military says five Israeli troops were killed when their helicopter was shot down Saturday in southern Lebanon. They were among 24 soldiers killed in clashes with Hezbollah militants - the most Israeli military losses in a single day since the conflict began a month ago.

Britain Terror Plot: British officials say terrorists could still be planning to carry out attacks on the country, although authorities believe they have detained the main suspects in a plot to blow up U.S.-bound flights.
Home Secretary John Reid told British television

(BBC) today (Sunday) the threat of a terrorist

attack in Britain is still very substantial.
He says at least four major terrorist plots have been thwarted since the deadly July seventh attacks on the London transit system last year.
Twenty-three people are in detention in London, suspected of planning to detonate liquid explosives aboard as many as 10 airliners. London investigators say they arrested the suspects Thursday after a conspirator in Pakistan urged an accomplice in Britain to quickly carry out the plan.

Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka says it has received an offer of peace talks from Tamil Tiger rebels.
The head of the government's peace secretariat (Palith Kohona) said today (Sunday) the offer was conveyed through a Nordic ceasefire monitoring mission and had been accepted. He said officials are waiting for the Tigers to respond.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels continued to trade artillery fire today (Sunday) after at least 177 people were killed in fierce battles Saturday.
Military officials say there are also sporadic ground clashes as the army conducts clearing operations.

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