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Hezbollah Attacks Haifa; Israeli Forces Pound Lebanon

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A Hezbollah rocket strike on the Israeli city of Haifa killed eight people on Sunday, while Israeli forces pounded Lebanon in a fifth day of strikes.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned of "far reaching consequences" after the attack on Haifa, about 30 kilometers from the Lebanese border.

It was the deadliest rocket attack in Israel since it began its offensive against Hezbollah, which captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid last week.

The Israeli military said Hezbollah has also fired rockets that landed farther south than ever in the Israeli towns of Afula and Nazareth, about 45 kilometers from Lebanon. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

An Israeli strike today hit a building in the southern city of Tyre, killing at least nine people. In the capital, Lebanese sources say Israeli forces renewed attacks on the Beirut international airport. News reports say fuel tanks were targeted in the attack.

This is the fourth time Israel has struck the airport since it began its offensive against Hezbollah.

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah vowed to continue attacks on Israel, following the rocket strike on Haifa.

In a televised address, Nasrallah said Hezbollah fighters are responding to Israeli military strikes that have killed more than 100 people in Lebanon. At least 23 Israelis have died in scores of Hezbollah rocket attacks on Israel.

Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz today said forces will continue attacking the sources of rocket fire in Lebanon, including those in residential areas. He added that Israel does not want to reoccupy Lebanon.

Israel is demanding that Hezbollah guerrillas are disarmed and the captured Israeli soldiers are released.

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