Attack on north resumes: Rockets fired by Hizbullah terrorists from Lebanon land in Haifa; police say eight killed, five others seriously wounded in strike. Nahariya, Kiryat Bialik also targeted; additional Katyushas apparently strike Akko area. A siren was heard across Haifa Sunday after a Katyusha rocket fell in the area. Security forces said at least 10 Katyusha rockets fell on the Haifa area. Police said eight people were killed and five others were seriously wounded at the train depot. The rescue of the injured is being delayed after many people abandoned their vehicles due to rockets, leaving them on the road to the Rambam hospital.
Elad Savavo of Haifa told Ynet: "The train depot on Hof Shemen was hit. The second strike was in the bay, opposite the oil refineries. There were no sirens before the first barrage. There was a barrage of five rockets and then there were sirens. Immediately afterwards more rockets fell. Large amounts of rescue forces are in the area.
The Katyusha barrage also struck Naharia, Kiryat Bialik (check post), Akko, and Rosh Hanikra. There have been no reports of injuries in Akko and Nahariya. The possibility that the rockets fell into the Mediterranean Sea is being examined. Sirens and loudspeaker systems were activated in various communities under the jurisdiction of the regional council of Asher and Ma'aleh Yosef. Loudspeakers in Nahariya call residents to enter fortified structures. The simultaneous attack took place shortly after 9 a.m. Phone networks in the area have been affected.
Ofir from Haifa said: "I see the train depot downtown, on the train tracks. There were four hits and smoke is rising. Hizbullah apparently aimed for the oil refineries." Karen from Haifa said: "We heard a rocket explode in the harbor area and then in the port."
Over 700 rockets have been fired since the beginning of fighting on the northern border, and the IDF does not rule out that the rockets may reach further south than Haifa. "Areas south of Haifa will receive an advanced warning in the form of a siren," Home Front Commander Yitzhak Gershon said.
Senior state official says, 'only if two goals Israel has set for itself – removing and disarming Hizbullah and returning kidnapped soldiers – are realized, there will be point to discuss Lebanese offer.' Government set to convene Sunday morning for first time since deciding on IDF's operation in Lebanon
The Lebanese prime minister offered Saturday evening to deploy his army on Lebanon's southern border in exchange for a ceasefire, but Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not plan to accept his offer.
Fouad Siniora offered to deploy the forces along the international border with Israel according to UN Resolution 1559, but Israeli officials reject the offer claiming that Israel will continue its operation against the kidnappers in Lebanon until the two kidnapped soldiers are released.
On Sunday morning, the government is expected to discuss the developments in the Lebanon operation, which is now called Operation Change of Direction.
The ministers are also set to discuss Siniora's offer. If the situation does not change, the prime minister is expected to explain to his ministers that at this stage it is still early to declare a ceasefire.
"Only if the two goals which Israel has set for itself – removing Hizbullah and disarming it, including rockets, and returning the kidnapped soldiers – there will be a point in discussion the Lebanese offer," a senior state official said.
"In the meantime, as long as we are still talking about initial declarations, Israel will continue its military operation against Hizbullah and targets inside Lebanon, in order to make it clear that our intentions are serious. One must not forget that the latest escalation is the result of an attack which came from the territory of a sovereign country, a provocation which Lebanon's government is responsible for," the official explained.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose weapons-related sanctions on North Korea in response to its flurry of missile tests that provoked an international outcry.Norks: the missile launches will go on.
The resolution demands that North Korea "suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile program." It requires all U.N. members to prevent imports to or exports from North Korea of missiles and missile-related items as well as materials and funds that could be used in weapons of mass destruction programs.
To avert a veto from China, the resolution does not mention Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, a provision used to make council documents legally binding. But Security Council members said the resolution was nonetheless mandatory because of the way it was worded.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea said Saturday that it "totally rejects" a U.N. resolution imposing sanctions for its recent missile tests, and vowed to continue the launches to bolster its self-defense.
North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Pak Gil Yon accused the U.N. Security Council of trying to isolate his country, known officially as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK.
"The delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea resolutely condemns the attempt of some countries to misuse the Security Council for the despicable political aim to isolate and put pressure on the DPRK and totally rejects the resolution which was adopted at the current meeting of the Security Council," he said.
The Korean People's Army "will go on with missile launch exercises as part of its efforts to bolster deterrent for self-defense in the future, too," he said.
[20:10] With a tear in his eyes, Prime Minister Senyoura addressed the nation :Words are cheap, Sanyoura. Cognac to Outsider.
The government cannot rise if it's the last one to know.. We should only hold the decision of peace and war ..
We demand a total cease-fire under the supervision of UN.
We as government take full responsibility on assuring the safety of our citizens and we, with the help of UN, should spread our authority all over the Lebanese territory..
After ceasefire, Lebanon`s army will deploy in south..
We ask all our friends and our brothers in the world to help Lebanon. Help us get a cease-fire and end this violence, and help us with humanitarian actions... We put responsibility on the Israeli invaders of all the destruction and death they will cause, the chaos and disaster that will happen ... From here, I declare Lebanon as a plagued country while we still try to repair the ruins left by the Israeli invasions in 1982 , 1993 ... We are facing this crisis united! And we shall prevail God willing!
Lebanon shall prevail! Lebanon shall prevail! Lebanon shall prevail!
Are we talking about these reliable Saudis?
MIAMI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia hopes to have all of its citizens returned from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay within a year, the Saudi ambassador to the United States said on Thursday.
"We're working with (the U.S.) government on this to have them back in batches," said Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the Saudi ambassador to Washington. "They are being processed through the court system in Saudi Arabia."
The United States has stepped up efforts to repatriate many of the 450 suspected al Qaeda and Taliban captives held at the U.S. naval base and has negotiated a framework agreement with Saudi Arabia for the return of its citizens. It sent home 15 in May and 14 in late June, and Saudi officials were reviewing whether they should face charges in their homeland.
About 95 of the men still held at Guantanamo are Saudi citizens and Al-Faisal said he expected all of them to be repatriated "probably within a year."
"That's my estimate, but it's an estimate. Hopefully nothing will intercede with that," he told Reuters after speaking to students at Florida International University in Miami.
Al-Faisal has said previously that if any of the Guantanamo Saudis committed crimes, they should be tried in Saudi courts.
Two Saudis are among the 10 Guantanamo prisoners charged with war crimes in the tribunal system struck down last month by the U.S. Supreme Court. Two other Saudis were among the three prisoners who hanged themselves at Guantanamo in June.
July 11 (Bloomberg) -- Interpol, the international police organization, asked its 184 member states to track down seven suspects who escaped from a prison in Saudi Arabia on July 8 after being accused of involvement in al-Qaeda.
Interpol criticized Saudi Arabia for failing to alert the agency when the suspects fled al-Malaz prison in the capital, Riyadh, saying it was the second time in six months that the organization learned of an escape from the media, referring to a similar incident in February in neighboring Yemen. Interpol sent the men's photographs and fingerprints to members.
The agency is ``concerned that there apparently is no established protocol at the national level to alert the international police community that a prison break of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists has occurred,'' Secretary General Ronald K. Noble wrote in a faxed statement from Interpol's offices in the French city of Lyon.