The death and destruction continued on the 27th day of the Middle East crisis, with no diplomatic progress towards a ceasefire. Israeli jets continued to bomb south Beirut and the eastern Bekaa Valley – both Hizbollah strongholds – along with villages in southern Lebanon. Lebanese government officials say at least 1,000 people are believed to have died in the country since the fighting started – most of them civilians. Nearly 100 Israelis have been killed by Hizbollah rockets.
Israeli ground forces have moved deeper into southern Lebanon to engage Hizbollah. Tanks headed through a gap in the border fence between the two countries near the Lebanese town of Blida from which smoke could be seen rising.
Israel’s prime minister and defence minister met senior military commanders to discuss their options. A report in an Israel newspaper quoted a top general as saying: “We will continue hitting everything that moves in Hizbollah but we will also hit strategic civilian infrastructure.”