Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Cease-fire taking root in Israel-Lebanon

Israeli troops crossed back over the Israel-Lebanon border into Israel Tudesday as a cease-fire picked up speed after a slow start.

The U.N. must now replace the troops with a substantial peacekeeping force in south Lebanon although details are still sketchy. Lebanese troops will also deploy in force near the border with Israel.

Residents on both sides of the border also began returning to their homes, which in some cases had been destroyed or damaged.

Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia and France have volunteered to commit troops to the 15,000 strong international peace-keeping force.

Israeli soldiers cross the Israel-Lebanon border from south Lebanon.
Israeli soldiers cross the Israel-Lebanon border from south Lebanon. Many soldiers were exhausted but relieved that the fighting had ended. AFP/Yoav Lemmer via Yahoo News.


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