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Sunday, October 01, 2006 

Last Israeli troops leave Lebanon

The final 200 Israeli occupation troops have left Lebanon. Apart from the occupied Sheba Farms, Lebanon has now been liberated.

The last soldiers left Lebanon just after midnight - without telling anyone, and under cover of darkness, scared that they would be attacked. They have been replaced by Lebanese soldiers and UN peacekeepers. Israel promised it would finish the pullout two weeks ago, but failed to live up to that commitment. Lebanon complained in recent days that the withdrawal was too slow.

5000 of the 15,000 promised UN peacekeepers are in place, led by France. Italy will take over leadership early next year. 10,000 Lebanese troops are also in the south.

Yesterday, Israel's Interior Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer called for the assasination of Hizbollah leader Sayyyid Hasan Nasrallah: promising peace but talking war.

CORRECTION:
UN peacekeepers later condemned Israel for remaining in the village of Ghajar, on the border. They are accused of moving the Blue Line (the border) to steal more of the village. Ghajar is a divided village, sitting right on the border, part in Israel, part in Lebanon. Now, it seems, Israel wants it all for itself.

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