Thursday, August 17, 2006

Lebanon army starts to move south

Lebanese troops have crossed the strategic Litani river to take up positions as Israel's army pulls back.

France has confirmed it is ready to command an expanded international force working along with the Lebanese army, but only under certain conditions.

Israel's military said it had passed control of half of its positions in the south to the current UN force there.

It indicated that a full withdrawal from what was a stronghold of Hezbollah could take weeks or even months.

Dozens of Lebanese army trucks, armoured personnel carriers and jeeps are on the move across the Litani using temporary bridges set up to bypass bridges damaged by Israeli shelling.

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