Lebanon Cease-Fire to Start Monday
The cease-fire in Lebanon will take effect Monday morning, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has announced. Israel and Lebanon agreed to the timing during a meeting with Annan on Saturday. Despite a plea from the Secretary General for both sides to stop fighting, Israel continued its operations, and Hezbollah has vowed to continue fighting as long as Israeli troops remain in Lebanon.
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A ceasefire deal between Israel and Hezbollah will come into force at 0500 GMT on Monday [8 a.m. Lebanese time, 1 a.m. EDT], the UN Secretary General has said.
Kofi Annan announced the timing after discussions with the prime ministers of Lebanon and Israel.
However, Israel is likely to continue operations in Lebanon on Sunday in an effort to clear the south of Hezbollah.
Nineteen Israeli soldiers were killed on Saturday, and five on a helicopter shot down by Hezbollah are missing.
Hezbollah’s leader has said his group would abide by the ceasefire plan agreed unanimously at the UN Security Council on Friday.
However, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said on TV that Hezbollah would continue fighting as long as Israeli soldiers remained in Lebanon.
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