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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Latest developments in the Middle East

Aug 8 (Reuters) - Here are developments on the 28th day of the Middle East crisis.

* Hizbollah guerrillas fight pitched battles with Israeli units in south Lebanon, killing three soldiers.

* Arab countries will press U.N. Security Council for changes to draft resolution to end war between Israel and Hizbollah.

* Tony Blair says Britain hopes for a U.N. resolution on Wednesday calling for a ceasefire in Lebanon.

* Ehud Olmert says Beirut's decision to deploy 15,000 Lebanese troops in south Lebanon was an "interesting step" which would be reviewed.

* Olmert says security cabinet would discuss possible expansion of military operations in Lebanon on Wednesday.

* German foreign minister says Security Council appears to have reached deal on a resolution aimed to end the Lebanon war.

* At least 966 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the conflict, with dozens more still missing and presumed dead.

* Ninety-eight Israelis have been killed in war which began after Hizbollah fighters captured 2 Israeli soldiers on July 12.
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