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 Sunday, August 20, 2006

UPDATE !! UN Says Israel Violated Ceasefire Truce, Bush Administration Refuses to Criticise Israeli Violation

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U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling Saturday's military operation by Israel in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley a violation of the U.N. truce between Israel and Hezbollah.

The US White House declined to criticize the raid.

The Lebanese government is threatening to halt further troop deployments in protest.

The UN statement said, "The secretary-general is deeply concerned about a violation by the Israeli side of the cessation of hostilities."

Earlier Saturday, Israel's prime minister contacted Annan and defended a military commando raid into Lebanon.

The Israeli army confirmed that it blew up a bridge in the Bekaa Valley. It said the move was to keep more Hezbollah fighters from reaching an area where Israeli forces are battling militants.

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