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Mideast Conflict - Week Two

Israeli soldiers fire artillery from their position near the Lebanese border in northern Israel Tuesday. (Jacob Silberberg / AP)
A Lebanese man carries his belongings past the ruins of buildings in a street in the Hezbollah stronghold of south of Beirut Tuesday. (Ali Haidar / EPA)
A French navy landing vessel carrying 66 foreign evacuees arrives in the hull of the warship Siroco from the southern Lebanese town of Naqura, a zone where there is heavy fighting along the Israeli border. (Eric Feferberg / AP)
The body of an Israeli man lies next to his car after he was killed by shrapnel from a rocket fired by Hezbollah guerrillas from neighborring Lebanon in the northern Israeli city of Haifa. (AP)
An Israeli woman is taken to an ambulance after being wounded in a rocket attack on Haifa by Hezbollah militants. (AP)
A Hezbollah rocket blasts from the southern Lebanese city of Tyre on its way toward the Israeli city of Haifa. (AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers examine a damaged house in the northern Israeli city of Haifa after it was hit by a rocket fired from Lebanon. (AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli rescuer lead a man to safety after his Haifa home was hit by a rocket fired by Hezbollah guerrillas from Lebanon. (AFP/Getty Images)
Red Cross ambulances deliver a wounded woman to Jabel Amel Hospital in Tyre following Israeli airstrikes in southern Lebanon. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Wounded Lebanese are rushed into the Najem Hospital emergency room after they were attacked while trying to flee south Lebanon. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
A Red Cross aid worker attends an injured Lebanese outside Jabal Amel Hospital in Tyre. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
A car struck in an Israeli air raid burns out of control across the street from Najem Hospital in Tyre. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
A young boy cries out for his mother as he is loaded into a Red Cross ambulance at Jabel Amel Hospital in Tyre. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Burned, cut, bloodied and still in shock, two boys wait as relatives are rushed to operating tables at the Najem Hospital in Tyre. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Bloodied and frightened after surviving an Israeli strike while in a convoy, a woman and girl seek comfort at Najem Hospital in Tyre. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
A Lebanese man is carried into to Jabal Amel Hospital in Tyre as Israeli bombing raids continue in South Lebanon. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Israeli troops gather as they prepare to cross the Lebanese-Israeli border. (Yaron Kaminsky / AP)
An Israeli tank drives the through Lebanese-Israeli border en route to the Hezbollah stronghold of Bint Jbail where the Israeli Army was involved in heavy fighting Tuesday. (Damon Winter / LAT)
Gila Bitton, 36, (background) smokes a cigarette in the entrance to the bomb shelter below her apartment building in Kiryat Shmona, in northern Israel. Bitton’s apartment building was damaged by a Hezbollah rocket in 1998. She has spent the last 12 days with about 25 other people in the shelter, coming up only for essential duties and to smoke occasionally. (Damon Winter / LAT)
A large plume of smoke billows in the town of Khiam, in southern Lebanon after Israeli air raids targeted it Tuesday. (Lotfallah Daher / AP)
Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora looks through the window of a U.N helicopter that took him to Cyprus, in Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert follows US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to their meeting after their press conference at Olmert’s office in Jerusalem. Speaking before their meeting, Rice, called for a cease-fire, but not at any price, saying “We need to ensure that we will not return to the previous situation.” (David Silverman AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni, right, and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice smile during a joint press conference after their meeting in Jerusalem. (AP)
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, left, shakes hands with Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, right, during a meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday July 24, 2006. (AP)
SAUDI ENVOY: Prince Saud al Faisal has urged a cease-fire, prisoner exchange. (SHAWN THEW / EPA)
FAMILY’S LOSS: The death of Liran Saadia, an Israeli soldier, is mourned by soldiers and family members at a military funeral in Kiryat Shemona, near the border with Lebanon. (Damon Winter / LAT)
FACE OF WAR: Injured Lebanese civilians are brought to Jabal Amel Hospital in Tyre. The area around the city, identified by Israel as a major source of Hezbollah rocket launches, was repeatedly struck by jets. Dozens of fleeing civilians were caught in the attacks. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
BLASTED BEIRUT: A view of Israeli airstrike destruction. The U.N.’s top humanitarian official said rebuilding Lebanon’s infrastructure could cost billions. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Israeli artillery fires at a target in southern Lebanon from a position near the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona. According to the Israeli military, troops backed by artillery and tank fire seized control of a Lebanese border village on Saturday and recovered weapons from another town in Hezbollah territory. (Oded Balilty / AP)
Israeli tanks line up Friday on a road near the Israeli town of Avivim near the Lebanese border. Israel massed tanks and troops on the border, called up reserves and warned civilians to flee Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon as it prepared for a likely ground invasion to set up a deep buffer zone. (David Guttenfelder / AP)
Smoke can be seen as Israeli troops explode the local headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank city of Nablus during the third day of Israeli army operation in the West Bank town of Nablus. A Palestinian man was killed from the explosion while he was standing at the window of his house. (Alaa Badarneh / EPA)
Hospital workers carry one of more than 70 caskets to be buried in a mass grave near the El Buss Palestinian Refugee camp in Tyre, Lebanon. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Mariam Ismail Al Abdullah, 50, wails in anger and sadness over the death of 12 close family members who were killed by Israeli rockets as they attempted to flee the village of Marwahin in Southern Lebanon less than a week ago. Their bodies lay alongside more than 70 other war casualties outside the Public Hospital of the El Buss Palestinian Refugee camp in the city of Tyre, Lebanon. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
A U.S. Navy sailor guides a LCU (Landing Craft Utility) full of American citizens as it prepares to leave a beach north of Beirut. The craft is headed to the USS Nashville. (Kevork Djansezian / AP)
Lebanese police officers carry an elderly American citizen on a wheelchair to the Nashville’s landing craft. (Kevork Djansezian / AP)
Americans fleeing fighting in Lebanon will travel to Cyprus on the USS Nashville. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)
A Marine carries a child to the Nashville’s LCU. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)
A U.S. Navy sailor mans a gun on the Nashville’s LCU. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)
A young Israeli woman sunbathes at Bat Galim Beach during a missile attack on the city of Haifa. (Doron Golan / EPA)
An Israeli Air Force F-16C jet bound for Lebanon takes off from Ramat David Air Base in northern Israel. The pilots of the 117th squadron have flown more than 150 missions against Hezbollah targets since the latest conflict erupted 8 days ago. (David Silverman / Getty Images)
Israeli warplanes launched new airstrikes on Beirut’s southern suburbs, a Hezbollah stronghold, shortly after daybreak Thursday, followed by strikes in the guerrillas’ heartland in the south and eastern Bekaa Valley. (Baz Ratner / AP)
In this photo released by the US Department of Defense, U.S. Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare American citizens to be loaded onto Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters heading to Cyprus. (James H. Frank AFP/Getty Images)
A badly wounded man is rushed to surgery by hospital staff at the Jabal Amel Hospital in the coastal city of Tyre, Southern Lebanon. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Surrounded with all they could carry away from their home, Zakiya Bidawi comforts her ailing husband, Muhamed, in the lobby of the Tyre Rest House. Many residents of Tyre sought refuge there as Israeli bombing raids continued. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Nayfi Bourgi, 82, rests in the halls of the rest house. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Nahim Kasam from Tyre is moved from the Jabel Amel Hospital to a safer hospital in the country’s north. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Detroyed cars sit in front of damaged buildings in the town of Choueifat at the southern edge of Beirut. (AP)
Journalists walk in the rubble of destroyed buildings in Beirut, where Israeli warplanes had attacked. (AP)
Photos of Lebanese citizens in the debris of the destroyed buildings in Beirut, following Israeli airstrikes. (Wael Hamzeh / EPA)
Relatives carry the bodies of Palestinian Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades militants who were killed during an Israeli army operation. The funeral took place in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday. (Nasser Ishtayeh / AP)
Family of Ahmed Abdo, 14, at his funeral in the Nuseirat refugee campin the central Gaza Strip. Adbo was killed after Israeli tanks moved into the Mughazi refugee camp in central Gaza early Wednesday. It was the latest incursion in Israel’s three-week military push into the seaside territory. (Ali Ali / EPA)
Israeli soldiers huddle together and grieve at the funeral of Yonatan Hadassi in Kibbutz Merhavya on Thursday. (David Guttenfelder / AP)
Hadassi was killed the day before in an exchange of fire with Hezbollah guerrillas on the Lebanon side of the border. (David Guttenfelder / AP)
Israeli firefighters see to a helicopter after it crashed on a hillside near the northern Israeli village Romot Naftaly on Friday morning. (David Guttenfelder / AP)
Israeli soldiers prepare artillery shells to be fired towards southern Lebanon from the northern border of Israel, in the western Galilee. (Gali Tibbon AFP/Getty Images)
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan demanded an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah and proposed a blueprint to end the deadly fighting in Lebanon. (Gali Tibbon AFP/Getty Images)
Jean Khoury and daughter Alya, 2, of Atlanta, pass Lebanese security agents on their way to the Orient Queen cruise ship as they evacuate from war-torn Beirut today. Governments are stepping up the evacuation of their citizens from Lebanon, with many destined for Cyprus. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Joumana Safa and her daughter, Melody, of Acworth, Ga., look out at Beirut’s war-tattered skyline from the deck of the Orient Queen. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
A bus full of families fleeing Beirut waits outside the port terminal. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (front) conducts an underway replenishment with USNS Big Horn at an unspecified location at sea today. Iwo Jima will assist in the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon. (Bradley Dawson / US Navy / Getty Images)
German nationals gather to put their names on a waitng list to flee Lebanon on boats charted by Western countries. Thousands of evacuees from the warfare in Lebanon poured into Cyprus today on the first leg of their journey home, while thousands more wait their turn to be taken to safety. (Hasan Ibrahim / AFP / Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers advance toward southern Lebanon near the northern Israeli village of Avivim. Fierce firefights between Israeli ground troops and Hezbollah militants erupted Wednesday along Lebanon’s southwestern border with Israel, leaving two Israeli soldiers dead, the Israeli army said. (Yaron Kaminsky / AP)
Artillery shells with messages written on them by Israeli soldiers wait to be fired from 155 mm artillery guns. Israeli warplanes carried out a seventh day of air strikes while ground troups pounded Hezbollah targets in South Lebanon from a forward base on the outskirts of the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shemona. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)
Cypriots fleeing the war in Lebanon argue with a Greek marine commando as they rushed to board a Greek navy boat yesterday at a port in Beirut. At least 55 civilians were killed as Israeli jets and gunboats pummelled towns and villages across Lebanon and tens of thousands of people fled a conflict that both sides defiantly warned would have no limit. (Patrick Baz / AFP / Getty Images)
Flags fly on the USS Nashville, docked in Lemesos, Cyprus, as U.S. Marines prepare ahead of a mission to Lebanon to bring back evacuees today. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)
An Israeli tank makes his way back from southern Lebanon to near the northern Israeli village of Avivim today. Israeli troops and Hezbollah militants exchanged heavy gunfire on the Lebanese side of the border and Israelis have been injured, security officials said. (Meir Azulay / AP)
A convoy of Israeli tanks prepares to enter southern Lebanon near the northern Israeli village of Avivim. (Ariel Schalit / AP)
An injured Israeli soldier is rushed to the Rambam hospital in the northern port city of Haifa after Israeli troops clashed with Hezbollah guerrillas today. (Doron Golanjini / EPA)
An Israeli woman is carried away by paramedics after a Hezbollah missile strike today in Haifa, Israel. Haifa was struck again by rockets fired from Lebanon, causing several minor injuries, witnesses and medics said. At least 13 Israeli civilians have been killed by Hezbollah rocket attacks in the recent conflict. (Uriel Sinai / Getty Images)
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