Thursday, July 20, 2006

Israelis vs Hezbollah on ground

Israel's series of small ground forays across the border have aimed to push back Hezbollah guerrillas who have continued firing rockets into northern Israel despite more than a week of massive bombardment — raising the question of whether air power alone can suppress them. Guerrillas fired 25 rockets into Israel on Thursday, which caused no casualties.

But the guerrillas have been fighting back hard on the ground, wounding three Israeli soldiers Thursday, a day after killing two. An Israeli unit sent in to ambush Hezbollah guerrillas also had a fierce gunbattle with a cell of militants.


But an Israeli army spokesman refused to rule out the possibility of a full-scale invasion. Israel broadcast warnings Wednesday into south Lebanon, telling civilians to leave the region — a possible prelude to a larger Israeli ground operation.

"There is a possibility — all our options are open. At the moment, it's a very limited, specific incursion but all options remain open,"

Capt. Jacob Dallal, an Israeli army spokesman, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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  1. It appears on ground Hezbollah is much stronger than Israeli troops.
    Israel wanted to finish Hezbollah, and they couldn't accomplish this by air-strikes, and if by ground they're weaker, it seems that the war should be over soon.

  2. The first goal of the air-strikes is making Lebanon pay the price of Hezbollah kidnapping of the two soldiers, and the bill was very expensive.

  3. The air-strikes don't seem to be very effective because of the lack of "precision" weapons and more so because Hezbollah is a moving target.
    (They seem to be more affective at killing innocent civilians than targeting militants!)