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Israeli Military Hits Beirut's Airport Again
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Israeli Military Hits Beirut's Airport Again

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Israeli Military Hits Beirut's Airport Again

Israeli Military Hits Beirut's Airport Again
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Israel resumes its bombardment of Beirut's airport, one part of an air campaign against Lebanon that's in its third day. Israeli forces also attacked Lebanon's bridges, highways and military bases. The strikes come after rocket attacks on northern Israel, and the capture of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah militants.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Here's an update on the real news from the Middle East. Israel has resumed its bombardment of Beirut's airport. That's just one part of the air campaign against Lebanon that's in its third day.

Israeli forces also attacked Lebanon's bridges, highways, military bases and other targets.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

These strikes come after the capture of two Israeli soldiers and after Hezbollah's rocket attacks on northern Israel. Those rocket attacks have continued.

Israel said the Shiite Muslim group fired 150 rockets into northern Israel.

MONTAGNE: Two of them went as far as Haifa, Israel's third-largest city. Israel's foreign minister, Mark Regev, says Israel will defend itself.

Mr. MARK REGEV (Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman): These people in Lebanon who are deliberately targeting an urban area, a large metropolitan area, like the city of Haifa, we will hold them accountable and we will act to neutralize the threat.

MONTAGNE: Air strikes destroyed the office of Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar. He said Israel's attacks are counterproductive.

Minister MAHMOUD AL-ZAHAR (Palestinian Foreign Minister): This is an indication of the failure of the Israeli government to reach to the wise decision. This will not solve the problems. Demolishing, killing, destruction is not going to help dismantling this process.

INSKEEP: About 60 people have died during the last two days of fighting. Most of them are Lebanese civilians.

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