• Lebanon
  • August 5, 2006
  • 4 minutes read

IOF landing in Tyre yields catastrophic results on troops, Hizbullah shells Khadera

An Israeli attempt to land troops behind Hizbullah lines in the southern coastal Lebanese city of Tyre Friday ended in total failure, and turned catastrophic on the IOF troops as nine of them were either killed or wounded with Hizbullah gunfire, according to media reports.

Israel acknowledged that one of its soldiers was killed in the operation and eight others were wounded.

Response of Hizbullah fighters to that attempt didn’t wait for long as they unleashed a salvo of missiles that rocked a number of Israeli settlements in the north, including Haifa city where sirens blared all around. Some of the group’s long-range-rockets slammed into Khadera city just 40 km away from Tel Aviv, the vital artery of Israel’s economy, for the first time since the war broke out almost four weeks ago.

As a result, the Israeli aircrafts resumed their raids on civilian targets in Tyre and other Lebanese cities, inflicting a number of casualties among civilians.

Meanwhile, the USA, Israel’s main ally and protector, rushed weapons supplies to the Hebrew state to make up for their losses, and to continue the war on Lebanon.

The US Congress lifted a ban on selling the American-made F-22 Raptor war jets, which is considered the most sophisticated fighter in the world; thus, paving the way for the American administration to sell them to Israel.

Concrete steps, according to sources in the US administration, were taking place as Israel is preparing to receive those fighter planes, according to the Saudi-based Al-Watan newspaper.

The deal comes at the backdrop of the American disappointment over Israel’s failure to finish off the job in Lebanon “as scheduled” based on assurances from Israeli premier Ehud Olmert.

“Olmert’s eagerness to achieve victory in Lebanon without paying the needed price has jeopardized not only the entire military operation itself, but America’s confidence in the IOF capabilities as well”, said political analyst Charles Krauthammer in his comment in the Washington Post newspaper.

Former American intelligence official Patrick Lang asserted that Israel’s plan of “seizing a land strip parallel to the Litani River till a robust international force is deployed could go contrary to its wishes, and perhaps the area will end up with Islamist fighters filling it in support of Hizbullah”.

Omens of ceasefire looming:
Correspondent of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite TV channel in Beirut revealed that omens of a possible ceasefire within 24 hours started to appear in the horizon as the veto-wielding powers in the UNSC were rushing to finalize a draft resolution in this regard for the council to vote on it.

The American administration hinted that UNSC resolution for a ceasefire in Lebanon could be tabled within a matter of days.

In the meantime, Lebanese popular rejection to the international force ramps up with former army chief and current lawmaker Michael Aoun asserting that he is totally against the deployment of such force, charging that the force will bring no good to Lebanon, but would instead cause a new war, and would fight Hizbullah on Israel’s behalf. Israel greatly welcomes the deployment.

“I would be very happy if Germany agreed to participate in that force as I believe that Germany is more than a friend for Israel”, Olmert said in an interview with a German newspaper Friday.

For his part, Italian foreign minister Massimo D’Alema elaborated that Israel’s demand of pressing ahead with the war till such a force is deployed is frankly “unacceptable” because “such a deployment needs the approval of all involved parties; and I think the Lebanese government won’t set for negotiations under bombardment”.