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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Latest developments in the Middle East

Aug 13 (Reuters) - Here are developments on the 33rd day of the Middle East crisis.

* U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan says Israeli and Lebanese leaders have agreed to ceasefire at 0500 GMT on Monday to end month-long war between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas.

* Israeli cabinet approves U.N. Security Council resolution that calls for cessation of conflict.

* Israeli warplanes launch scores of strikes on more than 50 Lebanese villages and towns, killing at least 12 people.

* Israeli aircraft strike southern Beirut's Hizbollah-controlled southern suburbs. Witnesses say at least one person is killed.

* Hizbollah fires more than 153 rockets into northern Israel, killing one person and wounding 11.

* Israel says its troops will only leave southern Lebanon when the Lebanese army and an international force are in place.

* Lebanese government has approved resolution, and Hizbollah has said it will abide by it if Israeli forces also adhere.

* Israel is willing to discuss a possible release of Hizbollah prisoners in exchange for freeing two Israeli soldiers abducted by the guerrilla group on July 12, the Haaretz newspaper reports.

* At least 1,076 people in Lebanon and 144 Israelis, including 104 soldiers, have been killed in the war, have been killed in war, triggered by Hizbollah's July 12 cross-border raid.
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