Middle East Cease-Fire and UN Deployment on EU Crisis Agenda
European Union foreign ministers will hold a crisis meeting Tuesday on the Middle East, seeking to exploit a window of opportunity presented by Israel's 48-hour suspension of air strikes to push for a full ceasefire.
QANA, Lebanon — Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert said Monday the Israeli offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon would continue "in the air, at sea and on land."
Olmert addressed a group of Israeli mayors after Israeli planes carried out two "protective" airstrikes Monday on Hezbollah targets just hours after declaring a 48-hour respite in air attacks on southern Lebanon.
"The fighting will continue," Olmert said. "There will be no cease-fire, and there will not be any cease-fire in the coming days."
Olmert said that the fighting in southern Lebanon would end only with the return of the two soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah guerrillas three weeks ago.
Until then, the prime minister said Israel would "destroy the infrastructure of terror there," pledging to go after the arms supply routes Hezbollah uses along the Lebanese-Syrian border. "This is an almost one-time opportunity to change the rules of the game in Lebanon," he said.
Monday's airstrikes hit targets in Tyre and near the town of Taibeh where three Israeli soldiers were injured after Hezbollah guerrillas attacked a tank, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) told FOX News.