Israel continues to defy the UN, and most other civilized nations, in keeping its blockage of Lebanon in place, continuing the hardships of that country brought about by the overzealous response to the Hizbollah capture of two Israel soldiers over a month ago. Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary-General made the call earlier in the week, and, according to Reuters this morning, has renewed that call to no avail. Olmert, the Israeli PM continues to argue that the blockade will only be lifted when the peacekeeping force is completely in place, CNN-IBN reported this morning.
Meanwhile, the UN Humanitarian Chief Jan Egeland, called the Israeli use of cluster bombing 'completely immoral, in that the 90% of the bombs strikes occured in the last 72 hours of the conflict, when we knew there would be a resolution.' With over 100,000 unexploded bombs dropped, it remains a critical danger to those desiring to return to their homes, reported the Guardian & Mail.
Israel continues its offensive in Gaza, mostly under-reported during the Lebanon violence, and killed a young boy watching the fighting in Gaza City. Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed they had found a tunnel used by the resistance fighters, and killed 8 terrorists. The trouble with this approach is that the IDF also did extensive damage to building, farms, and roads on the way to the area of the 'tunnel', destroying apartment building, stores, and extensive farmland and olive groves, as reported by Ireland-online. As usual, the damage to the area far exceeded the results obtained.