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Day-by-day: Lebanon crisis - week four
A day-by-day look at how the conflict involving Israel and Lebanon is unfolding in its fourth week.

TUESDAY 8 AUGUST

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert calls Beirut's plan to send 15,000 troops to the south if Israel withdraws an "interesting step" which Israel will examine.

The United Nations abandons an attempt to get an aid convoy into southern Lebanon, after Israel said any moving vehicle in the zone south of the Litani river would be destroyed. Much of southern Lebanon is completely cut off.

Diplomats at the UN Security Council continue debating a draft resolution aimed at ending the fighting, and a delegation from the Arab League travels to UN headquarters in New York to push Lebanon's demand for an immediate Israeli withdrawal.

The fighting goes on, with Israeli jets pounding targets in Lebanon and Hezbollah guerrillas firing more rockets over the border into northern Israel. At least 13 people are killed in the Lebanese village of Ghaziyeh, according to Lebanese sources. At least four Israeli soldiers die in clashes with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

MONDAY 7 AUGUST

More than 70 people are killed in Israeli raids across Lebanon, including at least 41 in an air strike in the south of the capital, Beirut, according to Lebanese officials.

Lebanon's prime minister revises down the death toll in an Israeli air strike that earlier he said had killed more than 40 civilians. A UN spokesman later said five people had died there.

Three Israeli soldiers and five Hezbollah militants are killed in clashes in the southern Lebanese village of Bint Jbeil, the Israeli military says.

Hezbollah fires more than 100 rockets into northern Israel, wounding some civilians.

Diplomats continue to battle to find a workable truce amid the violence, with Arab ministers agreeing to back Lebanese demands for changes to a proposed UN resolution on the crisis.

US President George W Bush says he wants the resolution passed as soon as possible.

In New York, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan issues a report criticising both sides for targeting civilians. He says the Israeli bombing of the village of Qana on 30 July could be part of "a pattern of violations of international law" - and calls for a further investigation.

SUNDAY 6 AUGUST

Hezbollah launches its heaviest barrage of rockets yet on northern Israel, killing 12 reservist soldiers in the town of Kfar Giladi and three civilians in Haifa, and two reservists die in clashes with the militants.

Bodies of victims killed in Kfar Giladi
Kfar Giladi bore the brunt of Hezbollah rocket fire on Sunday

Israeli jets bomb Beirut's southern suburbs, the Tyre area and the eastern Bekaa Valley, killing at least at least 14 people. Three Chinese UN peacekeepers are injured in cross-fire between Israeli troops and Hezbollah fighters.

Israel announces it has captured a Hezbollah militant involved in the capture of two Israeli soldiers, the incident which triggered the current crisis.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says a quick vote on the UN draft resolution aimed at ending the conflict is important, but warns it is only the first step towards lasting peace. Lebanon formally asks the Security Council to revise the resolution.

SATURDAY 5 AUGUST

Israeli commandos launch a pre-dawn raid on an apartment in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre, in an operation the military says was aimed at destroying rocket launchers used by Hezbollah.

Lebanese soldier in front of destroyed anti-aircraft battery in Tyre
Israel says Tyre was a base for launching long-range rockets
The Israeli army says eight soldiers were wounded and several militants killed during the raid. Lebanese officials say a Lebanese soldier and at least four civilians died. Hezbollah says the raid was repelled.

An Israeli soldier is killed by Hezbollah mortar fire in the eastern village of Taibeh.

Hezbollah continues to fire rockets into northern Israel, killing three women in the village of Arab al-Aramshe, and wounding five people in Haifa.

US Middle East envoy David Welch holds talks in Beirut with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and parliament speaker Nabih Berri.

The US and France agree the wording of a draft UN resolution to try to end the conflict. It calls for a "full cessation of hostilities", demanding that Hezbollah halt all attacks and Israel stop all offensive military operations. The 15-member Security Council meets to discuss the draft.

FRIDAY 4 AUGUST

At least 26 people are killed and 20 injured in an Israeli air strike on a Lebanese village, Qaa, near the north-eastern border with Syria, local officials say.

Men search the rubble following an Israeli air strike on the village of Qaa, near the Lebanon-Syria border, 4 August
Many of those killed in Qaa were Syrian Kurds
The officials say a fruit and vegetable warehouse was destroyed. The Israeli army says it attacked structures on suspicion that weapons were being transported, but says it is investigating reports that a warehouse was hit.

Israeli planes strike bridges in mainly Christian areas north of Beirut, killing five people, while a raid in southern Lebanon kills seven people, security sources say.

Hezbollah continues its barrage of rocket attacks, firing more than 190 into northern Israel, killing three civilians. Several rockets land near the town of Hadera, 80km (50 miles) inside Israel - the furthest south Hezbollah has struck.

There is heavy fighting in southern Lebanon as Israeli forces try to push Hezbollah back from the border - two Israeli soldiers are killed by an anti-tank missile.

THURSDAY 3 AUGUST

Israel drops leaflets to warn residents of Beirut of a new military operation against Hezbollah.

Journalist running through rubble in southern Lebanon
Israeli air strikes destroyed buildings in southern Lebanon

Hezbollah's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, in turn warns that the group will bomb Tel Aviv if Beirut is attacked again.

According to Israeli officials, Defence Minister Amir Peretz tells top army officers to begin preparing for a push to the Litani river, which is up to 30km (19 miles) north of the border.

Fighting rages on the ground in south Lebanon with four more Israeli soldiers killed. Hezbollah again targets northern Israel, killing at least eight civilians.

Diplomats at the United Nations say delegates from the UK, France and the US are close to agreeing on a UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire.

The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) warns that fuel shortages are increasingly hampering humanitarian relief operations in Lebanon.

WEDNESDAY 2 AUGUST

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert insists the fighting will continue until an international peacekeeping force is deployed in southern Lebanon.

Israeli combat soldier at night
Israel carried out an audacious raid deep inside Lebanon
Hezbollah fires more than 230 rockets into Israel, the Israeli military says - the highest number in one day. Some rockets hit as far as 70km (43 miles) inside Israel.

Israeli troops continue to push into southern Lebanon, while commandos carry out the deepest raid yet in Baalbek, some 100km (60 miles) north of the border.

Arriving by helicopter, they fight a five-hour gun battle, seizing five people they say are members of Hezbollah.

Hezbollah says the five are "ordinary civilians".






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