Two-front war continues

Thursday, July 20, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Israel continued all-out fighting on two fronts today, pounding Hizballah targets in the south and in Beirut and also re-entering the Gaza Strip.

A paratrooper was seriously wounded during an operation against Hizballah posts in southwestern Lebanon and another three soldiers were wounded in exchanges of fire on the eastern part of the border.

Israel is operating on the border between Israel and Lebanon, attempting to destroy Hizballah rocket launchers near the border. The army plans to continue pinpoint ground incursions into Lebanon to stop rocket fire against northern Israel.

Meanwhile, the Israel Air Force dropped 23 tons of bombs on a bunker in Beirut believed to be housing Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Hizballah said none of its leaders were killed in the strike.

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, said Israel would not issue a statement about the attack until it is sure of all the facts. But said, “I can assure you that we know exactly what we hit. ... This was no religious site. This was indeed the headquarters of the Hizballah leadership.”

Israeli ground forces continued operating in Gaza and entered the central part of the Strip Wednesday night to stop rocket launches at Israel.

In the southern Gaza Strip, the army carried out air strikes, targeting three tunnels used by terrorists to infiltrate Israel.

“The IDF will continue to act with determination and to employ all means at its disposal against Palestinian terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza Strip to allow the return of (kidnapped soldier) Cpl. Gilad Shalit and to stop terrorist attacks and the launching of rockets at Israel,” the army said in a statement.

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