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Last Updated: Saturday August 05 2006 16:36 GMT

UN pushing for Middle East peace

Bombed-out street in Beirut, Lebanon
The United Nations has put together a bid to end the violence between Israel and Hezbollah in the Middle East.

The bid - agreed by the US and France - will now be discussed by the 15 nations of the UN's Security Council.

They are likely to agree to go ahead with the plan in the coming days.

The bid was welcomed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who said it was a "vital first step in bringing this tragic crisis to an end".

What's happening?
This new violence was triggered when armed group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers
Hezbollah wanted to exchange the soldiers for prisoners they want returned from Israel

The violence has been going on in Israel and Lebanon for 25 days.

It's thought that the bid calls for an end to the fighting, but allows Israel the right to respond in case of a Hezbollah attack.

London marchers
London marchers
The UN is expected to then put together another bid to bring long-term peace to the area.

Meanwhile, at least 15,000 people have marched in London, demanding a ceasefire in Lebanon and Gaza.

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