U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan demanded a cease-fire during a speech while also condemning Hezbollah and attacking Israel for “excessive use of force.” The European Union made similar demands for a cessation of violence and pledged 10 million euros in aid.

BBC: Hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon must stop immediately, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said.

He condemned Hezbollah for sparking the latest violence in the country, but also attacked Israel for what he called its “excessive use of force”.

In the absence of a ceasefire, it was “imperative” to establish safe aid corridors in Lebanon, Mr Annan said.

Bombed roads are hampering aid efforts as the fighting continues.

Israeli soldiers are fighting militants inside Lebanon, Israeli officials say.


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