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Israeli Jets Kill 30; No Letup in Militia Attacks

Residents of Beirut scramble to rescue survivors from a building collapsed in an Israeli strike near the city center. Hezbollah fired 135 rockets Monday.
Residents of Beirut scramble to rescue survivors from a building collapsed in an Israeli strike near the city center. Hezbollah fired 135 rockets Monday. (By Spencer Platt -- Getty Images)

Maj. Gen. Udi Adam, who commands Israeli forces inside southern Lebanon, said that "for three weeks we have been calling on the Lebanese population to evacuate the towns and villages that we are operating in. We know that the majority of the population already fled. If you hear that there are several people in destroyed houses or something like this, then they must be supporting Hezbollah."

In what could presage larger-scale ground operations, the Israeli military changed its warnings, now telling civilians in southern Lebanon to remain inside their houses instead of fleeing the area.

The Israeli military warned vehicles against traveling on roads south of the Litani River after 10 p.m., but it said that it would coordinate movement of relief convoys.

The Israeli military has so far been unable to establish the band of Hezbollah-free territory along the border that it envisioned. Many of the ground clashes and airstrikes have been taking place in the same villages and hills for three weeks.

Brig. Gen. Yossi Kuperwasser, who until last month was director of Israeli military intelligence analysis, told reporters in Jerusalem that the Israeli military does not know how many more rockets and launchers Hezbollah retains after nearly four weeks of Israeli strikes. "They still have missiles and rockets, and they're going to use them," he said.

Kuperwasser declined to estimate how much longer it would take the military to severely limit Hezbollah's ability to fire rockets into Israel. He said the fighters have proved more organized than anticipated.

Moore reported from Jerusalem. Correspondents Nora Boustany in Beirut and Jonathan Finer in Ein Zeitin, Israel, contributed to this report.


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