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Israel lift sea blockade of Lebanon

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Israel has said it will lift its air and sea blockade of Lebanon on Thursday afternoon.

The statement came from prime minister Ehud Olmert’s office and followed Lebanon’s claim it would “use force” to open the way to traffic.

Qatar Airlines flew into Beirut on Monday, and Israel had given broad assent to the resumption of commercial air traffic, but a sea cordon has existed around Lebanon for some 34 days now.

The Lebanese parliament under Nabih Berri has occupied their parliament building since Saturday in protest against the blockade. The politicians said it was the only way they could find to make the international community take notice of their plight.