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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Latest developments in the Middle East

July 16 (Reuters) - Following are developments in the Middle East.

* Israeli planes kill 36 people in Lebanon in a fifth day of strikes; 16 of the deaths were in Tyre, where a building used by rescue workers was hit

* Rockets fired by Hizbollah guerrillas kill eight people in the Israeli city of Haifa

* Israeli air strikes hit two army bases on the northern Lebanese coast, killing nine soldiers

* Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warns Lebanon of "far-reaching consequences" after attack on Haifa

* Hizbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says confrontation with Israel is just beginning

* Group of Eight leaders tell Hizbollah it must free abducted Israeli soldiers and immediately halt attacks on Israel; Israel is urged to show "utmost restraint"

* A U.N. team sent to Lebanon says it supports the Lebanese government's call for a cease-fire but urges the release of two Israeli soldiers

* Rockets fired by Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon struck deeper into Israel than ever before, hitting the town of Afula some 30 miles south of the border

* Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak calls for unconditional cease-fire, says all sides should give talks a chance

* Israeli aircraft fire rockets at fuel tanks in Beirut's international airport, the country's only civilian air outlet to the world

* Israel bombs the north Gaza offices of a Hamas-led security force

* The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urges stepped-up vigilance for possible spillover from mounting Middle East violence

* U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States is deeply concerned about civilian casualties in Lebanon but that immediate cease-fire would not solve the problem

* European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana arrives in Beirut; Lebanese officials say he will meet Prime Minister Fouad Siniora

* Lebanon says Italy has relayed Israeli conditions for a cease-fire

* Syria vows a "harsh and direct response" if it is attacked by Israel

* European and Arab nations and the United States move to evacuate nationals from Lebanon

* Eight Canadians killed in Lebanon, Foreign Minister Peter MacKay tells CTV television.
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