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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Latest developments in the Middle East

July 19 (Reuters) - Following are developments in the Middle East.

* Israel unleashes fierce air strikes on Lebanon, killing 49 civilians and one Hizbollah fighter

* Israeli troops cross border to raid Hizbollah posts and Hizbollah television says three Israeli soldiers are killed. Security sources in Lebanon say the clashes occurred during one of three cross-border incursions by Israeli forces.

* Boats and buses leave Beirut laden with foreigners fleeing the fighting

* Rockets fired from Lebanon land in Haifa, hitting house near seafront. A few people are wounded

* The fighting has killed 285 people in Lebanon and 25 in Israel

* U.N. envoys will suggest deployment of Lebanese troops in south Lebanon and enlarging international force there, diplomats say. The proposals will be presented to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan

* Diplomats say Israel wants another 14 days for its bombing campaign

* Israeli troops kill nine Palestinians in clashes in Gaza Strip and West Bank

* Secretary of State Rice will go to UN Thursday to discuss Mideast turmoil with Secretary-General Kofi Annan, but uncertainty persists over timing of any trip by her to Mideast
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