Monday, August 07, 2006

40 killed in strike on Lebanese village/ correction to 1--down below

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40 killed in strike on Lebanese village

By SAM F. GHATTAS, Associated Press Writer

An Israeli attack on a Lebanese border village killed more than 40 people Monday, Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said. Saniora disclosed the attack in the village of Houla, where heavy ground fighting between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israeli has been raging in recent days in a speech to Arab foreign ministers meeting in Beirut.

"An hour ago, there was a horrific massacre in the village of Houla in which more than 40 martyrs were victims of deliberate bombing," he said.

Local TV stations had reported that about 40 people were buried under the rubble of houses that collapsed after being targeted by Israeli airstrikes.

Lebanese PM now says 1 killed in strike

By SAM F. GHATTAS, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago

The Lebanese prime minister said one person was killed in an Israeli air raid Monday in the southern border village of Houla, lowering the death toll from 40. Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said at a news conference that he had based the initial tally on unspecified information that he had received.

He offered no other explanation for the error.

He had announced that 40 were killed in the attack during an emotional address during opening remarks at a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers.

"It turned out that one person was killed. They thought that the whole building smashed on the heads of about 40 people and it turned out, thank God because we are not happy if someone is killed, they have been saved," Saniora told reporters.

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