Israel's 12-day-old onslaught in Lebanon to cripple Hizbollah has claimed 355 lives, mostly civilians. Hizbollah attacks and rockets have killed 34 Israelis.

Envoys from three European countries hold talks in Israel later in the day ahead of the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in an intensifying bout of diplomacy aimed at ending the fighting.

New York Times:
"The Bush administration is rushing precision-guided bombs to Israel at the Israelis’ request, American officials said. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she would go to Israel tomorrow and then meet Arab and European envoys in Italy."


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