The enemy resumed its scorched-earth policy as a prelude to a limited invasion of the villages that formed the confrontation arena with the Islamic Resistance. Its warplanes deliberately began its systematic destruction of the houses in the villages of Bint Jbeil, Maroun Al Raas, Aytaroun and Al Khiyam.
The enemy then proceeded to carry out airdrops on the hills in preparation for a field advance under the cover of violent intense raids and concentrated artillery bombardment of the perimeter. The international forces were not spared in the aggression; heavy enemy missiles destroyed an international observers post close to Al Khiyam ex-Zionist concentration camp they had destroyed a few days earlier by air raids, killing 4 international officers.
In this shelling bout the enemy used internationally banned phosphorous shells.
The resistance retaliated by shelling the occupation settlements with dozens of missiles, including the city of Haifa.
Hizbullah S.G. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah peered again through Al Manar television screen to announce that the confrontation with “Israel” has entered a new phase of beginning to target areas beyond Haifa city.
His Eminence said: “The war had been prepared a year ago in the context of what the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called the new Middle East” and that “The ‘Israeli’ plan was to launch a ground offensive to control the area south of the Litani, through the use of ‘Israeli’ Air Force to strike the headquarters, centers and foundations of Hizbullah and Lebanese infrastructure in the first few hours, to cripple the country, pit the Lebanese street against the resistance, and disable its ability to take any initiative.”
He explained that “This scenario was to be implemented in September or November with or without the pretext of the two captured soldiers” adding that according to the project on which basis the war was carried out, Lebanese was meant to be taken back to a worse state than that of 1982 and 17 May .. They wanted to drive Lebanon out of its history and culture to become American and Zionist.”
Speaker Berri said in an interview with the “Al Arabiya” satellite channel that Rice submitted proposals conditional on their implementation as a single package. These proposals included making a weapons free buffer zone south of the Litani River, deployment of the Lebanese army and the establishment of an international force.
He described his meeting with Rice as “tense” and believed that “Her conditions posed a threat to the unity of Lebanon and further more, it does not give priority to the cease-fire.”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned saying that “The ‘Israeli’ aggression on Lebanon will result in a strong storm that could painfully hit the Middle East.”