Via jpost: Hizbullah has kidnapped two soldiers
7-13-06 *UPDATE* Kidnapped soldiers named: Ehud Goldwasser, Eldad Regev - read below
Jerusalem Post reports: IDF ground troops searching for the two inside Lebanon
The Defense Ministry confirmed early Wednesday afternoon that two IDF soldiers had been kidnapped by Hizbullah. IDF ground troops had been sent into Lebanon to search for the two. IAF jets, helicopters and UAVs were also flying above Lebanon searching for the soldiers. Simultaneously, Navy gunboats were shelling Hizbullah targets in Lebanon.
Hizbullah's Al Manar TV broadcast earlier Wednesday that the organization had kidnapped the two soldiers. A senior Hizbullah official said that at least one of the allegedly kidnapped soldiers was still alive. [read more]
Via Haaretz Daily: Hezbollah kidnaps 2 soldiers on northern border Senior officers: Lebanon must pay a heavy price
Also Haaretz reports - Hezbollah kidnaps 2 IDF soldiers during clashes on Israel-Lebanon border
An Excerpt: "Fulfilling its pledge to liberate the (Arab) prisoners and detainees, the Islamic Resistance ... captured two Israeli soldiers at the border with occupied Palestine," the Syrian- and Iranian-backed Hezbollah said in a statement.
"The two captives were transferred to a safe place," it said, without stating what condition the soldiers were in.
Picture caption: An IDF tank patrolling near the border with Lebanon following attacks on northern Israel on Wednesday. (Yaron Kaminski)
Via Reuters: Hizbollah says captures two Israeli soldiers
MARJAYOUN, Lebanon (Reuters) - Hizbollah guerrillas said they had captured two Israeli soldiers in cross-border attacks from Lebanon on Wednesday in which three Israelis were also reported killed, sharply raising Middle East tensions.
Israeli ground forces crossed into Lebanon to search for the captured soldiers, Israeli Army Radio said. It said many troops and aircraft were taking part in searches across the border.
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*UPDATES*: IT IS WAR!!!
Via Haaretz: Reserve IDF division called up in wake of attack; Nasrallah: Prisoner swap only way to free soldiers
8 soldiers killed, 2 snatched in Hezbollah border attacks
Via Breitbart: Israel Hits Lebanon After Troops Snatched
Via Breitbart: Hamas Leader Badly Hurt in Israeli Bombing
Via Breitbart: Bomb Destroys Palestinian Foreign Ministry
Reuters Reports: Israel battles militants on two fronts
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli forces battled Muslim militants on two fronts on Thursday, destroying the office of the Palestinian foreign minister in Gaza and exchanging blows with Lebanon's Hizbollah guerrillas to the north.
Via Fox News: U.S. Blames Syria, Iran For Israeli Soldiers' Kidnapping
ROSTOCK, Germany — Syria and Iran are to blame for the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah terrorists and the subsequent Israeli military response, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The White House called for the immediate and unconditional release of the two soldiers abducted by Hezbollah guerrillas on Wednesday. [read more]
Via Fox News: Mideast Explodes.....Israeli Airstrike Collapses Palestinian Foreign Ministry Building in Gaza City
Via Fox News: Israeli Warplanes Strike Palestinian Guerilla Camp Near Beirut
More from Fox News a statement from White House Press Secretary:
"The United States condemns in the strongest terms this unprovoked act of terrorism, which was timed to exacerbate already high tensions in the region and sow further violence. We also hold Syria and Iran, which have provided long-standing support for Hezbollah, responsible for today's violence. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of the Israeli soldiers," reads a statement released by the White House press secretary.
"Hezbollah's actions are not in the interest of the Lebanese people, whose welfare should not be held hostage to the interests of the Syrian and Iranian regimes. We reiterate the international community's insistence that all parties in the region fulfill their obligations under U.N. Security Council resolutions 1559 and 1680, and cease all support for Hezbollah," the statement continues.
Via Reuters: Bush defends Israel actions, Russia condemns attacks
Via Reuters: Israel attacks Beirut airport; Israeli town hit
Via Breitbart: Israel Imposing Blockade on Lebanon
Via AP: Bush Backs Israel's Right to Self Defense
Greece weighs in.... Via jpost: Greece: Israel using 'excessive, pointless' force
David Lee Miller, a Fox News correspondent was shot at... happening live on Fox and Friends. Is Syria and Iran instigating Hizbullah by provoking a mideast war?
Via jpost: Halutz: Kidnapped soldiers are alive (pictures posted)
The IDF released the names of the two soldiers on Thursday. According to the IDF Spokesperson, the two reserve are Ehud Goldwasser, 31, from Nahariya, and Eldad Regev, 26, from Kiryat Motzkin.
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