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UN Holds Emergency Meeting on Israel-Hezbollah Conflict

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UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has condemned Sunday's Israeli airstrike that killed more than 50 Lebanese civilians and called for an immediate ceasefire.

Mr. Annan says he is dismayed his earlier calls to end Israeli-Hezbollah fighting have not been heeded. He spoke at an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council after the Israeli attack.

Lebanon's representative at the UN called the strike on Qana a massacre. Israel's UN ambassador stressed Hezbollah must be disarmed before a ceasefire can be put in place.

In Beirut, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora demanded a ceasefire. He also thanked Hezbollah guerrillas for their sacrifices in the war with Israel.

Mr. Siniora and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled planned Beirut talks on Sunday. Rice stayed in Israel to meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who expressed "deep sorrow" over the civilian deaths.

And in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians protesting the Qana strike broke into a UN. compound in Gaza City.
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