Israel renewed its attacks on South Lebanon. Heavy shelling targeted the outskirts of the villages of Zibkeen, Majdel Zoun, Ezzieh, Mansouri, Nabatieh Al-Faouqa, Azzawtarayn, and Al-Zahrani. Israeli warplanes also flew over the area. Meanwhile, the Lebanese Resistance in South Lebanon attacked the Israeli outposts in Dabshe, Kalaat Al-Shkeef, Radar and Blat.
This comes a day after Israeli rockets were launched at the villages of Iqlim Al-Touffah during 14 consecutive air raids over the area.
An Israeli allied militiaman was lightly wounded during the shelling of their outpost inside the zone Israel occupies in the South. Hizbullah claimed responsibility for the attack which brought to seven the number of
Israeli allied militiamen wounded in South Lebanon since the beginning of the year. Two were killed over the same period.
Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri held talks with House Speaker Nabih Berri at parliament as part of his consultation tour aimed at holding political and economic discussions with top Lebanese officials. The premier was scheduled to meet President Elias Al-Hrawi at Baabda but the meeting among others was canceled for president suffered from health problems.
At Nijmeh Square, Hariri discussed with Berri recent local and regional developments especially in light of the agreement signed between UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz in Baghdad yesterday.
Discussions also centered on ways to ensure funds to development projects in the underprivileged areas of the country, the return of the war displaced to their villages and homes and the ratification of the draft pay-scales draft law. After the meeting, Hariri said there is no disagreement on all the three mentioned priorities but they should be carried out in a way that does not exceed the planned 37% budget deficit.
A two-day strike will be carried out in the next two days by public and private school teachers in Lebanon. This was announced yesterday by the teachers' office in Beirut which reiterated teachers' demands that center on retirement pensions and the ratification of the pay-scales draft law.
The office called on all teachers in the country to abide by the strike. The teachers' different demands topped the agenda of talks held by the head of the parliamentary education committee deputy Bahiyya Al-Hairri with the syndicates of private and public school teachers in the country. After her meetings, Al-Hariri stressed her contacts will continue with the teachers' syndicate until their rightful demands are met.
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