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Israel Struggles to Gain Upper Hand in Lebanon

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Israel Struggles to Gain Upper Hand in Lebanon

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Israel Struggles to Gain Upper Hand in Lebanon

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Thursday was one of the deadliest days yet for Israel in the current conflict. Jeremy VanderKnyff, NPR hide caption

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Thursday was one of the deadliest days yet for Israel in the current conflict.

Jeremy VanderKnyff, NPR

Israeli warplanes destroyed several bridges in the Christian heartland of northern Lebanon on Friday, shifting focus from bombing raids on eastern and southern Lebanon. Meanwhile, Hezbollah guerrillas continued to battle Israeli troops in Lebanese villages along the southern frontier.

A Hezbollah spokesman named Sheik Ahmed Murad told journalists in Tyre on Wednesday that his group would continue fighting, no matter what the cost.

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said Thursday that more than 900 people have been killed in his country since the conflict began.

Despite Israel's dominance in the skies over Lebanon, Hezbollah guerrillas are continuing to fight fiercely with Israeli troops on the ground, with the militants regularly ambushing Israeli tanks.

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah gave a televised speech Thursday in which he threatened to attack the Israeli commercial capital of Tel Aviv if Israel attacked Beirut. He also said that Hezbollah would stop hitting Israeli settlements when Israel stopped bombing Lebanon.

The fighting has made the delivery of aid to what's left of the local population in southern Lebanon very difficult. The International Committee of the Red Cross delivered 200 tons of aid to the port of Tyre this week. The ship that carried the supplies left quickly as fighting flared up around the city.

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