ISRAELI JETS HIT BEIRUT-DAMASCUS HIGHWAY
July 13, 2006
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israeli
warplanes struck the highway linking Beirut to the Syrian capital of Damascus early Friday, but the main artery remains open,
Lebanese security officials said.
Fighter jets attacked a
highway section in the mountains of central Lebanon,
in Mdeirej. But the targeted area was an old road extension, and the bridge on the nearby main highway remains intact, the
The highway, which climbs
up from Beirut, winds through the mountains before descending into the Bekaa
Valley and into Syria. It is one of Lebanon's only links with the outside world since Israeli forces imposed a sea, air and land
blockade of Lebanon on Thursday.
Israel has intensified its attacks on Lebanon,
striking bridges, roads, and the runways of the international airport and two major army air bases to put pressure on the
government and force Hezbollah to free two Israeli soldiers the guerrillas captured Wednesday.