Israel expected to widen ground operations as Rice sees no need for quick ceasefire
Israeli forces are carrying out limited incursions a few kilometres inside southern Lebanon, an army spokesman said on Saturday. "At most, we're talking about a few kilometres in," the spokesman said, according to Reuters. "It will probably widen, but we are still looking at limited operations. We're not talking about massive forces going inside at this point."
The Israeli army said it bombed over 150 targets across Lebanon in the last 24 hours, including a Hizbullah weapons bunker, command posts and 11 rocket launchers. Israeli warplanes also attacked 12 roads linking Lebanon and Syria, and communication lines used by Hizbullah.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday dismissed mounting pressure for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hizbullah, calling it a "false promise" if the root causes of the conflict are not handled. "An immediate cease-fire without political conditions does not make sense," she told reporters at the State Department.
Rice will arrive for a brief visit to Israel on Monday, during which she is set to receive an updated synopsis of the Israeli offensive in Lebanon.
"Syria knows what it needs to do and Hizbullah is the source of the problem," Rice said.
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