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Thousands of Americans Evacuated From Middle East

With the deadly conflict in the Mideast a week old, evacuations of Americans are now in full swing. Thousands are fleeing the battle zone, where the violent assaults escalated and the death toll has now climbed to more than 300.

Nader Ajluni, an American evacuee, said, "We were just terrified that the bombing would start up again."

After a sluggish start, military commanders expect to evacuate more than 6,000 Americans by the weekend. They are among tens of thousands of foreigners who have already fled, and thousands of Lebanese families heading north to escape a sharp increase in bombing, and the first deadly ground clashes between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israeli soldiers.

In Beirut, Lebanon's prime minister demanded an end to what he called a "savage attack."

Fuad Saniora, Lebanese Prime Minister, said, "Can the international community stand by while callous retribution from Israel is inflicted on us?

He said Israel's eight-day onslaught has left more than 300 people dead and 1,000 wounded, and made refugees of more than half a million Lebanese. The death toll in Israel continues to climb too. About 30 have been killed as Hezbollah steps up its fight, launching more rockets deeper into Israeli territory.

Militant missiles slammed into Israel's largest Arab community of Nazareth, leaving two young brothers dead. As the attacks escalate, the U.S. has shown no sign of pushing for a fast ceasefire.

John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said, "How do you get a ceasefire with a terrorist organization? I'm not sure anyone's ever done that before and I'm not sure it's possible."

So the stalemate goes on, two sides fighting with one common goal; neither wants to be the one to lay down their arms first.


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