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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 August 2006, 20:32 GMT 21:32 UK
Day-by-day: Lebanon crisis - week seven
A day-by-day look at how the conflict involving Israel and Hezbollah is unfolding in its seventh week.

THURSDAY 24 AUGUST

France pledges an additional 1,600 troops to the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, taking its total commitment to 2,000, and says it is willing to continue leading the force.

Finland, which holds the EU presidency, says it would like to see fresh UN troops deployed within a week.

The UN launches what it calls a 60-day plan to tackle the humanitarian situation in Lebanon.

Hundreds of thousands of southern Lebanese have returned home, but have no proper sanitation or drinking water, UN emergency relief co-ordinator Jan Egeland says.

WEDNESDAY 23 AUGUST

An Israeli soldier is killed and three others are wounded after their tank hits a landmine in southern Lebanon.

EU ambassadors meet senior military officials in Brussels to discuss Europe's contribution to a UN peacekeeping force.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni urges rapid action on building an expanded UN force, warning of an "explosive" situation on the ground. Time is running out for the UN ceasefire resolution to be applied, she says after talks in Paris.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejects Israel's suggestion that UN troops patrol the Lebanese-Syrian border to stop the smuggling of arms to Hezbollah. It would be interpreted as a "hostile act", he says.

Syria is later reported to have threatened to close its border with Lebanon if UN peacekeepers are deployed along it.






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