• Lebanon
  • July 25, 2006
  • 3 minutes read

Hizbullah still active in Maroun Al-Ras, hunts 4 Israeli soldiers

Four Israeli soldiers was killed and eight others were wounded, some critically, in fierce battles between the Lebanese Hizbullah on the one hand, and the IOF troops invading Lebanon on the other hand near the Lebanese strategic village of Maroun Al-Ras at the borders, Hebrew sources affirmed.

Hizbullah sources affirmed that their fighters defending the town have killed more than the number revealed by the Hebrew sources, adding that they have also knocked down and destroyed five Israeli Mirkava tanks in the armed clashes that are still going on in the town, which Israel took over Sunday.

Israeli warplanes, the backbone of the IOF troops in this battle, continued their lethal air strikes Monday on a number of Lebanese towns, including the Palestinian refugee camp of Al-Rashidiya near the Lebanese southern city of Tyre, killing one Palestinian refugee and wounded 15 others. The incident is considered the first time when Israeli warplanes target Palestinian refugee camps.

Lebanese Red Crescent and Red Cross workers weren’t even spared in the non-stop Israeli aerial raids with nine of them injured when two of their vehicles came under Israeli strikes at the town of Qana in southern Lebanon.

Meanwhile, many Israeli political and military analysts opined that the Israeli invasion to Lebanon has entered the stage of “finger biting” with statements from IOF top brass indicating that the Hebrew state has abandoned its ultimate goal of wiping out Hizbullah after 12 days of fighting with “no tangible accomplishment”.

All what is Israel has done so far is killing more than 400 Lebanese civilians and wounding more than a thousand others coupled with severe destruction in the Lebanese infrastructure with Hizbullah still composed and hitting back strongly and painfully in the Israeli depth.

“Israel’s goal is no longer to wipe out Hizbullah as a military force in Lebanon after we realized that doing such a mission is next to impossible; yet, what we are trying to do now is to change rules of the game”, the Hebrew radio quoted a number of IOF high-ranking officers as saying.

Local observers in the Hebrew state viewed the IOF Generals’ statements as an introduction to prepare the Israeli public to the “bad news” that is the failure of its military campaign against Hizbullah and Lebanon.

They also opined that the IOF troops will shout first in the “finger biting” battle with Hizbullah.

The war threw its shadows on the Israeli occupation government and the Labor party of Israeli war minister Amir Peretz despite the “apparent” consensus on the IOF military operations in Lebanon.

A split was recorded in the Israeli occupation government with the start of the ground battle, in which IOF troops will suffer a “lot” as voices opposed to the war gradually increased with two Israeli cabinet members registering their clear opposition to the ground war.

They charged that the government should have employed diplomatic efforts side-by-side with the military invasion, expressing their disappointment over the way the government was handling the operations.