Israeli warplanes pounded Lebanon Sunday for a 12th day, as Hezbollah guerrillas fire more than 90 rockets into northern Israel.
Fierce bombardments by Israel in southern Lebanon and other areas killed at least five people, including a Lebanese photojournalist and three people in a minibus. A U.N. observer was wounded in southern Lebanon by gunfire attributed to Hezbollah.
Israeli police say Hezbollah rockets killed two Israelis in the port city of Haifa and wounded at least 50 others throughout northern Israel.
Meanwhile, Syria said it is willing to engage in talks with the United States to help end the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, dismissed the idea of talks with Syria. He called on Damascus to pressure Hezbollah to release two captured Israeli soldiers and to stop rocket attacks into Israel.
Separately, a Syrian government official warned his country could be drawn into the conflict if Israeli ground forces start a major invasion of Lebanon and move toward Syria.
Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz says the offensive will continue until Israel pushes Hezbollah away from the border. He says Israel is willing to consider the deployment of a multinational force, probably from NATO, in southern Lebanon as part of a solution.
Israel started its offensive after the Lebanese-based Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers and killed eight in a cross border raid July 12th.
More than 350 Lebanese and more than 35 Israelis have been killed since the fighting began, with another 500 Lebanese and 200 Israelis wounded.