Israel Suspends Airstrikes After 60 Civilians Killed Israel will immediately suspend airstrikes over southern Lebanon for 48 hours, after an airstrike in Qana killed about 60 civilians, many of them children. The State Department says Israel is coordinating with the United Nations to allow a 24-hour window for civilians to leave the region if they wish.
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Israel Suspends Airstrikes After 60 Civilians Killed

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Israel Suspends Airstrikes After 60 Civilians Killed

Israel Suspends Airstrikes After 60 Civilians Killed

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DEBBIE ELLIOTT, host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Debbie Elliott.

The village of Qana in southern Lebanon has been thrust into the international spotlight after an Israeli air strike there today killed some 60 people, civilians - many of them children.

It's the single deadliest bombing in Lebanon since hostilities began between Israel and Hezbollah almost three weeks ago.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has expressed great sorrow over the bombing but also says Qana was a hub for Hezbollah. The attack has drawn international condemnation and sparked protest at UN facilities in Beirut and Gaza.

An emergency session of the UN Security Council is meeting at this hour. Secretary General Kofi Annan criticized Washington for not pressing for an unconditional ceasefire.