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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Latest developments in the Middle East

July 26, (Reuters) - Here are developments in the Middle East on the 15th day of Israel's bombardment of Lebanon.

Hizbollah guerrillas kill at least 8 Israeli soldiers in Lebanon in fighting set to continue after diplomats meeting in Rome fail to agree on calling for immediate end to war.

* In separate fighting in Gaza Strip, Israeli force kill 19 Palestinians.

* More than 125 missiles hit port of Haifa and other parts of northern Israel, wounding dozens of people.

* Foreign ministers at crisis conference pledge to work urgently for "lasting, permanent and sustainable" cease-fire, but do not call for fighting to stop now.

* Conflict has killed at least 420 people in Lebanon and 50 Israelis.

* Israeli military says its forces have killed at least 130 Hizbollah men, countering the Lebanese guerrillas' lower figure.

* Asian foreign ministers call for immediate cease-fire, putting war squarely on agenda of their annual security forum.

* Israel will enforce a 2 km (1.2 mile) wide no-go zone in southern Lebanon, a political source and Israeli media say.

* European Union foreign ministers to hold emergency meeting next Tuesday.

* Too early to discuss possible NATO role in ending hostilities, alliance's secretary-general says. Germany says is opposed to deploying NATO's reaction force as peacekeepers.

* Israeli PM Olmert tells UN Secretary-General Annan he is sorry at deaths of four UN observers in air strike on their post in south Lebanon. He also expresses shock at UN chief's suggestion attack was deliberate.
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