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Leader of Anglicans condemns violence

LONDON: The leader of the world's Anglicans has condemned the violence between Israel and the Hizbollah militia in a letter to churches in Lebanon published yesterday. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said he was troubled by the spiral of violence and the "vicious circle of attack and retaliation" in the increasingly bloody conflict which is now in its eighth day.

"My condemnation of this resort to violence is unequivocal," he wrote.

France pushes for safe corridors

PARIS: French President Jacques Chirac yesterday called for "humanitarian corridors" in Lebanon to protect civilians from Israeli bombardment and announced the dispatch of a cargo-plane with medical aid. "And corridors also (are needed) between Lebanon and the outside, in other words essentially for the moment between Lebanon and Cyprus," he said.

Aid convoy is hit says UAE

ABU DHABI: The UAE has accused Israel of bombarding one of its humanitarian aid convoys in Lebanon carrying medical equipment, medicines and other supplies. The Emirati Red Crescent said the bombing close to the Syrian border was "contrary to international conventions ... and to international humanitarian law as it puts the life of civilians in danger", according to the WAM agency. The convoy suffered material damage, it said.

'Zionist' products clamp urged

TEHRAN: Iran yesterday launched a major campaign urging consumers to stop buying "Zionist" products, ranging from Coca-Cola and Pepsi soft drinks, Calvin Klein clothing and Nestle food products. "Pepsi stands for 'Pay Each Penny to Save Israel'," viewers have been warned in an oft-repeated three-minute infomercial on state television. Both Pepsi and Coca-Cola have factories in Iran, although state television gave no indication whether their operations would be affected. A popular British high-street retailer, Marks and Spencer, as well as Intel, McDonald's, Timberland, Revlon, Garnier, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and L'Oreal were also singled out.

Ex-Premier warns of invasion risk

MOSCOW: Israel's military operation against Lebanon risks turning into an invasion comparable to that of 1982, a former Russian prime minister and Middle East expert Yevgeny Primakov said yesterday. "Israel has exceeded the framework of a counter-terrorism operation in hitting power stations, roads and bridges," Primakov said in Moscow.

Assault worrying says Red Cross

GENEVA: The International Committee of the Red Cross yesterday said it has "serious questions" over Israel's conduct, as civilians bear the brunt of its strikes on Lebanon. "The high number of civilian casualties and the extent of damage to public infrastructure raise serious questions regarding respect for the principle of proportionality in the conduct of hostilities," ICRC director of operations Pierre Kraehenbuehl said in Geneva.

20 'collaborators' detained

BEIRUT: More than 20 people have been detained on suspicion they helped Israel's air force hit Hizbollah targets in southern Beirut, a Lebanese security source said. The source said the detentions were made a few days ago. The Lebanese authorities had no comment on the report.



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