Monday, July 31, 2006

Damian Penny: Just slightly behind the times.

First, there's Damian's attempt to keep us up to date:

The Israelis have suspended air strikes against Lebanon for 48 hours:

Israel suspended air attacks on south Lebanon for 48 hours starting early Monday in the face of widespread outrage over an airstrike on a house that killed 56 Lebanese, almost all of them women and children.

The announcement made by a State Department spokesman with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Jerusalem appeared to reflect American pressure on Israel to make some concession after the strike.

In addition to suspending air attacks, Israel will also allow the opening of corridors for Lebanese civilians who want to leave south Lebanon for the north and would maintain land, sea and air corridors for humanitarian assistance, officials said.

Israeli officials confirmed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to an immediate 48-hour halt in the airstrikes beginning at 2 a.m. Monday while the military concludes its inquiry into the attack on the south Lebanese village of Qana. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

Wait a minute ... there's something missing here ... oh, right:

Israeli air strikes resumed in southern Lebanon on Monday, less than 12 hours after Israel announced a two-day suspension in the wake of dozens of civilian deaths.

Daimnation: When you absolutely, positively need only half the story.


Anonymous said...

Hey, it goes further now....Syria's president has called his army to be in "high alert" and ready!

Anonymous said...

Hozny Mubarak has indicated that the whole middle-east peace process (begun with Egypt) could be in jeopardy.