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11 Israeli Soldiers Wounded in Several Clashes With Hezbollah


At least 11 Israeli soldiers have been wounded in several clashes with Hezbollah militants on the Lebanese side of the Israel-Lebanon border. Hezbollah also continued firing rockets into northern Israel Thursday as Israeli warplanes carried out strikes in Lebanon.

Israeli ground troops were involved in a series of clashes with Hezbollah militants as the Israeli Army continued limited ground operations in Lebanon. Israel is warning residents south of the Litani River, about 30 kilometers inside Lebanon, to leave the area.

Defense Minister Amir Peretz says Israel will use all means at its disposal to push Hezbollah out of south Lebanon.

Peretz says Israel has no intention of occupying Lebanon, but Israel will not retreat from defeating Hezbollah.

Israel's senior army commander says the fighting could go on for an extended period of time. Israeli warplanes carried out more strikes against targets in Beirut's southern suburbs Thursday as U.S. Marines and other western military forces continued evacuations of thousands of their citizens from Lebanon.

Hezbollah continued rocket attacks against northern Israel, striking the cities of Tiberias and Haifa, but causing no casualties.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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