The Israeli missile attack on a southern Lebanese village, which killed at least 57, including 37 children, has thrown the incipient peace process into complete disarray.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled her trip to the region after the Lebanese prime minister told her not to come unless she was willing to press for a complete cease-fire—which she wasn’t.
Israel expressed deep regret for the incident but vows to continue its campaign for 10 days to 2 weeks.
QANA, Lebanon, July 30—Israeli warplanes blasted a group of buildings in this southern Lebanese village Sunday, killing dozens of people, most of them women and children, according to Lebanese officials. The Israeli military said the airstrike was aimed at destroying Hezbollah rocket launchers nearby and that civilians were not being targeted.
Lebanese Health Minister Mohammed Khalifeh said the bombing killed at least 57 people, among them 37 children, many of whom had taken refuge in a three-story building. More than 27 bodies, including 17 children ages 9 months to 10 years, were taken to one government hospital in the nearby city of Tyre.