As more Israeli tanks prepare to cross the country’s northern border Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said his security cabinet will meet on Wednesday to discuss the possible expansion of military operations in Lebanon. However he said he has not yet been presented with plans to do that. Inside southern Lebanon fierce fighting continues between around 10,000 Israeli soldiers and Hizbollah guerillas. Earlier Defence Minister Amir Peretz said the army is poised to occupy more areas of southern Lebanon.
Israel wants Hizbollah pushed north of the Litani River, about 25 kilometres from the border, to limit its ability to fire rockets into northern Israel. Israeli war planes have intensified their attacks on targets throughout Lebanon.
The Lebanese authorities said air raids killed more than 50 people on Monday; that would make it one of deadliest days for Lebanon in the war. At least 13 people died as the result of an air strike on a southern Beirut suburb which caused a building to collapse. Witnesses said that on Tuesday repeated air raids and hundreds of artillery shells hit the southern town of Khiam, a Hizbollah stronghold.