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Fighting intensifies in south Lebanon

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Fighting has intensified in southern Lebanon marking the end of a partial suspension in air raids by Israel. According to UN sources, Israeli troops have moved into five different areas in the south including a hilltop overlooking several villages where fighting between Israeli forces and Hizbollah guerrillas has been raging since Monday.

Israel says it plans to push at least until the Litani river which forms a natural boundary some 20 kilometres north of the border, and possibly further. Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has vowed to pursue the fight until an international force is deployed in south Lebanon, even though no country has volunteered to send troops in the absence of a truce and durable ceasefire agreement.