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Israel backs Lebanon security force plan

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Israel has given its support to the deployment of a new international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon to ensure Hizbollah is removed from its border. It follows talks between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier.

Amid a flurry of diplomatic activity, Jan Egeland, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator met Lebanese leaders in Beirut to discuss the humanitarian crisis. Afterwards he accused Israel of breaching humanitarian law with its bombing campaign. Meanwhile, Britain’s Foreign Office Minister, Kim Howells met Israeli officials in Haifa. He described Britain as a great friend of Israel actions but warned there would be political consequences to pay because of its actions.

He later visited some of the wounded in a hospital in Haifa where several children are being treated for injuries sustained from attacks over the last few days. There’s been a flurry of diplomatic activity in Israel and Lebanon.