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Monday, August 07, 2006

Latest developments in the Middle East

Aug 7 (Reuters) - Here are developments on the 27th day of the Middle East crisis.

* Israeli air strikes kill 10 civilians in Lebanon. Hizbollah battles Israeli troops on several fronts, says it ambushed and killed four Israeli soldiers. Israeli army says five soldiers were wounded, none killed.

* United Nations Security Council diplomats are to meet after failing to agree on whether to amend a draft resolution to take account of Lebanon's demand that Israeli troops withdraw.

* Draft resolution calls for a "full cessation of hostilities," tells Hizbollah to end attacks immediately and says Israel should stop "all offensive military operations."

* Lebanon demands the draft resolution drawn include a call for a rapid withdrawal of Israeli troops from its soil.

* At least 769 people killed during the conflict in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 94 Israelis.

* U.S. President George W. Bush is to make a statement about the U.N. resolution at 1400 GMT on Monday.

* Lebanon to seek support for its position from Arab foreign ministers due in Beirut Monday. Syrian foreign minister, arriving by land a day early, reiterates that Syria would respond if Israel attacks it.
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