Fighting Intensifies Between Israel and Lebanon

The turmoil in the Middle East is at a full boil.

With major developments on both the battlefields and the diplomatic front, the conflict is exposing a complex web of power in this volatile region.

For its part, Israel continued to blast away at Lebanon's infrastructure.

Bridges, highways and power stations are in ruins, while Israeli warships hover off the coast, blockading Lebanese ports.

Israeli warplanes bombed the offices of the Hezbollah leader, but the organization says he was not harmed.

Seventy-three people have died in Lebanon, and Friday the conflict spilled over into a war of words at the U.N.

Israel's ambassador to the U.N. called on Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah and free itself from the influence of the foreign leaders who are calling the shots.

"The real occupying power in Lebanon is terror, activated by Hezbollah but initiated and funded by Syria and Iran."

"What Israel is undertaking is an act of aggression and devastation aimed at bringing Lebanon to its knees and subverting it by any means."

"Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to allow a U.N. team to try to mediate a ceasefire, but said Israel will not stop its military actions until Hezbollah's terrorist network has been disarmed."

At the U.N., America's ambassador echoed that call.

"All militias in Lebanon, including Hezbollah, must disarm and disband immediately."

The emergency meeting of the Security Council was prompted after Israel's offensives into Lebanon and Gaza to free three captured soldiers.

There's still no word on the soldiers' fates.


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