Saturday, July 29, 2006

Israel rejects U.N. call for temporary cease-fire

Official says Israel has already opened corridors to allow aid into Lebanon

(AP)

ERUSALEM - Israel on Saturday rejected a request by the U.N. for a three-day cease-fire in Lebanon to deliver humanitarian supplies and allow civilians to leave the war zone.

Avi Pazner, a government spokesman, said Israel already has opened safe corridors across Lebanon for such shipments and that Hezbollah guerrillas were blocking them to create a humanitarian crisis.

“There is no need for a temporary, 72-hour cease-fire because Israel has opened humanitarian corridors to and from and Lebanon,” he told reporters.

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