Israel Captures Village and Continues Airstrikes
Posted on Jul 22, 2006
Israeli troops have taken the Lebanese village of Maroun al-Ras, which they claim has been used as a rocket base by Hezbollah. Israel has said it has no plans for a large-scale invasion but intends to use ground forces to attack targets unavailable to its jets. U.N. humanitarian chief Jan Egeland is en route to Lebanon to appraise the crisis.
According to the BBC’s Crispin Thorold in Jerusalem, the village has a strategic value, overlooking several other sites said to have been used as launch pads for Hezbollah rockets. Hezbollah continued to fire dozens of rockets into Israel on Saturday, hitting the towns of Carmiel, Kiryat Shmona and Nahariya, and wounding several Israelis. There are substantial numbers of Israeli forces near the border, and military sources suggest that there will be continued incursions in the coming days.
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