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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Latest developments in the Middle East

Aug 12 (Reuters) - Here are developments on the 32nd day of the Middle East crisis.

* Israeli air strike kills several people in southern Lebanon, security sources say, hours after U.N. Security Council unanimously passes resolution to end month-old war.

* Air strikes hit other parts of Lebanon, Israeli forces battle Hizbollah guerrillas in south and Israeli army says it is broadening its ground offensive.

* Exact death toll from air strike on southern Lebanese village of Rshaf is not immediately clear but one source says up to 15 people could have been killed.

* Security Council resolution calls for halt to fighting and authorises up to 15,000 U.N. troops to be deployed to enforce ceasefire, but Israel says its offensive in Lebanon will not be halted yet.

* Lebanese government accepts resolution and will issue formal acceptance to 15-nation Security Council on Saturday, an official source says.

* Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told U.S. President George W. Bush he backed the resolution, an Israeli government official says.

* Israeli official said before vote, however, Israeli army would not stop its offensive in Lebanon until the cabinet met on Sunday to consider resolution.

* At least 1,041 people in Lebanon and 124 Israelis have been killed in war.

* U.N. resolution calls for "full cessation of hostilities". Hizbollah should stop all attacks immediately and Israel should end "all offensive operations", it says.

* Security Council says planned U.N. force of up to 15,000 troops will be deployed to monitor withdrawal of Israeli troops from south Lebanon and to help Lebanese army maintain ceasefire.
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