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Israeli Warplanes in Action Over Lebanon Despite Promised Bombing Pause

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Israel carried out limited airstrikes against suspected Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon on Monday while suspending most other aerial bombing.

Israeli officials say a strike near Taibe was to support ground troops battling Hezbollah guerillas. Israeli aircraft also struck a truck on Lebanon's Masnaa border crossing with Syria, wounding five people.

The Israeli army expressed regret for a strike that killed a Lebanese soldier on Monday. Israel says it thought the car carrying the soldier was carrying a senior Hezbollah guerilla.

And Hezbollah says its missiles hit an Israeli warship off the coast of Lebanon. Israel denied the claim.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared today that Israel will continue the 20-day offensive against Hezbollah, and there will be no cease-fire in the coming days. Israel ordered the 48-hour bombing pause after an airstrike killed nearly 60 Lebanese civilians in the village of Qana Sunday.

Israel says its air strike suspension took effect at 2 a.m. local time (23 hours Universal Time Sunday). Facing worldwide condemnation for the Qana bombing, Israel said it ordered the pause to allow time for civilians in southern Lebanon to leave and to investigate Sunday's attack.

Despite the bombing suspension, Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said earlier today Israeli forces plan to expand their offensive against Hezbollah.

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