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Timeline of the July War 2006

Key events in the latest crisis between Israel and Lebanon

August 3 :
Israel launches fresh air strikes on Beirut after a lull of several days.
Muslim nations demand immediate ceasefire in the Middle East.
Lebanese hospital officials revise down from 52 to 28, including 16 children, those killed in Israeli air raids on Lebanese village of Qana.

August 2 :
Israeli commandos swoop 100 kilometres (60 miles) inside Lebanon in raid near Baalbek, seizing five men they allege are Hezbollah militants and killing 16 civilians, including seven children.
One man was killed and 19 were wounded as 160 rockets hit the north of Israel -- the biggest single-day barrage of the conflict. Some rockets struck near Beit Shean, some 60 km (37 miles) from the Lebanese border, the deepest strike so far by Hezbollah.
The devastation caused by three weeks of Israeli bombardments in Lebanon has created losses of 2.5 billion dollars, says most recent official figures.

August 1 :
Israel's security cabinet gives army green light to push up to 30 kilometres (19 miles) into southern Lebanon. Defense Minister Amir Peretz says goal is to pave the way for deployment of international force.
Israel concedes it will be unable to completely wipe out Hezbollah's rocket arsenal.
Israeli ground troops expand south Lebanon offensive and engage Hezbollah guerrillas in fierce fighting around flashpoint border town of Bint Jbeil.

July 31:
Israel declares 48-hour halt to air strikes on Lebanon as Rice leaves Israel.
One Lebanese soldier is killed by Israeli naval fire.
Israel vows to expand its offensive in Lebanon and predicts its war on Hezbollah will "change the face of the region."
Israeli warplanes strike the southeastern Lebanese border village of Taibe.

July 30:
At least 52 Lebanese civilians killed in Israeli air strike on Qana.
Lebanon calls it a "war crime" and demands immediate ceasefire.
Israel blames Hezbollah and says it is in "no rush" for a ceasefire.
Hamas warns "all options open" against Israel after Qana.
Israel attacks Masnaa border crossing into Syria.
Israeli ground troops fight Hezbollah outside Taibe in new cross-border incursion.

July 29:
Israel rejects UN call for three-day humanitarian truce as US.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice returns for conflict talks.
Israel air strikes kill 14 Lebanese civilians.
Lebanon coast polluted with oil after Israel air strike.

July 28:
Israel blasts south Lebanon for 17th day as more reservists mobilised.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mulls Middle East return.
Israeli army to deploy Patriot anti-missile batteries near Tel Aviv.

July 27:
Israel decides to step up air assault and mobilize extra reserve troops.
EU says could contribute peacekeeping forces if UN resolution allows.

July 26:
Israeli air raid kills up to four UN observers on the Lebanese border in what UN chief Kofi Annan calls "an apparently deliberate targeting".
Fifteen-nation summit on the Middle East conflict begins in Rome with Annan calling for an "immediate cessation of hostilities".
Fighting intensifies with 13 Israeli soldiers reported killed fighting Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
First UN aid convoy heads from Beirut to war-torn southern Lebanon.
Rome summit ends with no commitment to ceasefire.

July 25:
Olmert vows to press on with Israel's two-week-old offensive in Lebanon.
Israel says it has taken control of the border town of Bint Jbeil, a Hezbollah military stronghold. No independent confirmation.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, holding talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, says it is "time for a new Middle East".

July 24:
Rice visits Beirut in "show of support" for Lebanese people and calls for a ceasefire as soon as viable.
Two Israeli soldiers are killed in battles with Hezbollah, while two airmen die in a combat helicopter crash in northern Israel.
The army says two Hezbollah militiamen are captured by troops and brought to Israel.
Egeland launches an urgent appeal for 150 million dollars to help 800,000 civilians made homeless by Israeli raids on Lebanon.

July 23:
Syria warns that it will respond if Israel invades Lebanon.
Defence Minster Amir Peretz says that Israel supports the deployment of an international force in southern Lebanon, possibly sponsored by NATO.

July 22:
Israel masses thousands more reservists on Lebanese border.
Israeli aircraft hit transmission towers for television stations and mobile telephone networks.

July 21:
Israel calls up thousands, warning of possible invasion of Lebanon.
Lebanese civilians flee from south; foreign nationals' exodus continues.
Hezbollah rejects UN plan for halt to hostilities and release of Israeli soldiers.

July 20:
Foreigners pour out of Lebanon by land, sea and air, heading for safety in Cyprus, Syria and Turkey.

July 19:
At least 70 civilians killed on deadliest day of Israel's Lebanon offensive.
Two Israeli soldiers killed in border clashes.

July 18:
Helicopters and ships dispatched to evacuate foreigners.

July 17:
Israeli strikes kill 43 Lebanese.
Hezbollah rejects Israeli ceasefire terms.
Annan calls for end to hostilities, suggests UN "stabilisation force" along Lebanon-Israel border.
UN Security Council fails to agree on ceasefire call.

July 16:
Eight Israelis killed by Hezbollah rockets on Haifa.
Syria warns it will respond by all means necessary to any Israeli attack.

July 15:
Hezbollah attacks Israeli warship, killing four sailors.
Eighteen civilians killed in Israeli attack.

July 14:
Israel bombs Beirut home of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, who declares "open war".
Israel sets conditions to end offensive: halt rocket attacks, release its soldiers, and Lebanon to implement UN resolution on Hezbollah disarmament.
Two Israelis killed by rocket fire from Lebanon.

July 13:
Israel bombs Beirut airport, kills at least 44 civilians in air strikes across Lebanon.
Two Israelis killed by Hezbollah rockets.
Russia, France, Britain and Italy criticise "disproportionate" use of force by Israel. US blames "terrorists who want to stop the advance of peace".

July 12:
Hezbollah captures two Israeli soldiers and kills eight.
Israel launches air strikes and sends ground troops into Lebanon for the first time since its 2000 pullout.

Beirut 12-07-2006
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