The home of the Hezbollah's leader has been destroyed after more Israeli airstrikes in retaliation for the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers.
Israel destroyed the home and office of Hezbollah's leader Friday and tightened its seal on Lebanon, blasting its air and road links to the outside
world to punish the guerrilla group - and with it, the country - for the capture of two Israeli soldiers.
Hezbollah's Sheik Hassan Nasrallah and his family were safe after missiles demolished the two buildings in Beirut's crowded southern neighborhoods,
But the strike underlined Israel's determination to take the fight directly to Hezbollah's leadership, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed
the massive campaign would continue until the guerrillas were neutralized.
Warplanes again smashed runways at Beirut's airport with hours of airstrikes, trying to render it unusable, and destroyed mountain bridges on the
main highway to Syria. Warships blockaded Lebanon's ports for a second day.
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looking more like all out war Lebanese guerrillas responded by firing a barrage of at least 50 Katyusha rockets throughout the day, hitting more than
a dozen communities across northern Israel.
Israeli war planes have carried out strikes on the airport and roads and naval blockade which have all but cut off Lebanon from the world, while hits
on infrastructure aimed to exact a price from its government for allowing Hezbollah to operate freely in the south.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Israel against extending its assault into Syria and said the Jewish state couldn't harm Iran, which also
backs Hezbollah. Some have suggested that Syria and Iran might be playing a role in the crisis.
"If the Zionist regime commits another stupid move and attacks Syria, this will be considered like attacking the whole Islamic world and this regime
will receive a very fierce response,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Statement's
like these give cause for concern that a widening theater of war is on the horizon and that U.S. intervention is looming for the region.
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