The Israeli air force struck Hizbollah outposts in southern Lebanon after a series of rocket attacks into northern Israel and attempted kidnappings of soldiers left 19 Israelis wounded and five Hizbollah members dead. Residents of the northern town of Kiryat Shmona were evacuated to shelters on Monday but the town returned to normal on Tuesday. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said he expects more abduction attempts in the near future. The United States condemned Hizbollah's rocket attacks against Israel, but urged Israel to restrain its response. "We have made it very clear to the Lebanese government that they need to control the situation in southern Lebanon," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.
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