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Monday, July 17, 2006

New Updates-7/17/06: Night Edition

12:20 AM: (Last update for the night.)Jpost is reporting that Palestinians opened fire at IDF soldiers near Beit Furik, in the Nablus area, just a couple of hours ago. There are no reported injuries.

Also, in the West Bank, a Molotov Cocktail was thrown at a passing car near Pisgat Ze'ev. No reported injuries.

11:19 PM: Channel 2 is reporting that Carmiel and the surrounding neighborhoods are suffering a black-out right now as it is assumed that Katyusha hit an electric line.

11:06 PM: LGF is reporting that a protest was held this afternoon in Berlin in which over 1,000 Lebanese and Palestinians came out for an anti-Israel protest. Reporters said that the protesters were chanting "Death to Israel!" and "Death to the Zionists!" The location of the protest was not far away from Berlin's Holocaust Memorial.

Arutz 7 is reporting that a Katyushas have fallen in Aco, Haifa, Maalot, Tzfat, among others as northern residents have been told to take shelter immediately.

It is being reported that a Katyusha hit near the hospital in Tzfat, blowing out windows, but there is still no reports of injuries.

(*It must be noted that this is the first time since the attacks started that Katyushas are being fired during the dark. This might signal a desperation mode for Hezbollah as they have refrained from firing at night due to the easier detection possibilities.*)

11:01 PM: Channel 2 is reporting that the air raid sirens have just gone off in Afula.

It appears that the rumor that a Katyusha fell in Sachnin is false.

10:36 PM: Channel 2 is live reporting that an air raid sirens are going off in Haifa.

Channel 2 is reporting that a Katyushas have hit Haifa, Kiryat Shmona, and Hatzur.

It is rumored that a Katyusha also hit Sachnin, an Arab village several kilometers south of Carmiel. As soon as it is confirmed or denied, we'll let you know.

10:05: Arutz 7 is reporting that IDF officials have made a statement saying that they have a senior Tanzim terrorist in custody. Yousef Mahmud Ahmed Vered was captured and taken into custody last night.

*A little slip up: Unaware that his lapel microphone was on, British Prime Minister Tony Blair had a private conversation with US President Bush this afternoon at a luncheon during the G8 Summit. During that conversation, that was released to the media before Prime Minister had finished turning off his mike and going to reporters, President Bush told PM Blair that he might send Secretary of State Rice to the Middle East region to see what she could do about the situation. Moments later, Bush was heard saying this, "You see, the irony is, Syria has to get Hezbollah to stop this sh*t, and all of this is over. That's it." Blair appeared to say yes and agree with him.*

During the Iranian Foreign Minister's trip to Damascus today, he reiterated Iran's total support for Syria and that the Islamic Republic would stand firmly by Syria's side if Israel were to take military action against her. (*Notice that the FM didnt mention that Iran would support Hezbollan.*)

(*An attempt to play both sides.*) Jpost is reporting that Saudi Arabia has continued to condemn Hezbollah's "irresponsible actions", they also are occusing Israeli supporters of preventing any clear decisive action against Israel in the UN Security Council. They accuse Israel of provoking an "all out war" with Lebanon.

9:07 PM: Arutz 7 sais that the Israeli police confirmed that no border police-man was kidnapped. All members of the border patrol have been accounted for.

8:16 PM: Channe 2 is reporting that the IDF has injured Hezbollah's upper-echilon organization.

8:01 PM: Channel 2 is reporting that it's been confirmed that what fell out of the sky, what Hezbollah claimed was a downed IAF plane, was a Hebollah missile. Hezbollah had attempted to fire a missile with a range of 120 kilometers, and that is what exploded and fell out of the sky.

Hezbollah has officially refused the cease-fire that was offered by the French Foreign Minister this evening.

One of the people from the apartment building that was bombed in Haifa said this, "I tell this to Hezbollah and the entire world. I AM NOT MOVING!"


At 8:19 PM, Blogger Shaggydabbydo said...

"I tell this to Hezbollah and the entire world. I AM NOT MOVING!"

Sounds very much like 'Bring it on!'

At 8:28 PM, Blogger shlemazl said...

I do hope Olmert has a strategy. On the face of it the current approach is missing its target.

Then again I am not in a position to comment as there is no information on what is happenning to Hezbollah.

At 10:39 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

the strategy is to dismantle hexbollah and their entire infrastructure, so Israel never has to face this kind of situation ever again. One my updates included that the IDF has said that they know that most of Hezbollah's upper-echelon of the organization has been injured. Whether, it was physically or structurally, I am not sure, but I assume that it was structurally damaged. They also destroyed a bunch of rocket wharehouses. Right now, the IDF is keeping a lot of stuff close to its chest, and that's fine. But, the strategy is pretty clear without having to be said. Get rid of Hezbollah once and for all.


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