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South developments: one Lebanese civilian killed, two allied militia men killed and two others wounded

Israel stepped up its attacks on South Lebanon today. The Lebanese resistance retaliated with a series of operations. A security source in the southern occupied area announced two Israeli-allied militiamen were killed and two wounded by a bomb blast. a militia source said the blast occurred beside an allied militia checkpoint on the edge of the Jezzine enclave.

Hizbullah claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, the resistance in the South announced one of its groups attacked this morning the Israeli outpost of Hmayyed scoring direct hits. Earlier, 45-year-old Mohammed Ibrahim was killed in a bomb blast while collecting wood in the village of Majdel Zoun. No group claimed responsibility for the blast. Ibrahim is the second civilian killed in the South since the beginning of this year. In another development, about 15 Israeli shells fell on the village of Yater wounding one resident Atef Kaddouh and causing damage in a number of houses in the village.

Nateq Nouri visits Qana and holds talks with Hariri

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri today visited the Southern village of Qana to pay respect to the victims of the Qana massacre. In his speech, Nouri said the aim of resisting Israeli occupation in South Lebanon is to safeguard the countrys sovereignty. Nouri later held talks in Kraytem with prime minister Rafik Al-Hariri. Discussions centered on the recent developments in the region and bilateral ties between Lebanon and Iran. Along with the situation in South Lebanon, the head of the Iranian Shura Council also discussed the Israeli-Turkish military alliance and the threat it posed on the whole region. The meeting also centered on ways to boost bilateral economic relations. Nouri will conclude his three-day official visit to Lebanon tomorrow.

Hrawi receives local and foreign delegates

At the presidential palace in Baabda, President Elias Al-Hrawi today received a delegation from Jezzine. Local officials from the occupied town, including mayors and head of municipalities and clubs, discussed with the president the situation in Jezzine. The delegation was accompanied by deputies Samir Azzar and Suleiman Kanaan. After the meeting, the delegates expressed the suffering of the residents of Jezzine and demanded easier passage through the Kfar Falous border crossing. Hrawi later held talks on the situation in Lebanon and European moves in the area with the European Union Lebanon representative Demitris Korkolas.

Hariri holds talks with EU Representative on Santer's visit

Prime minister Rafik Al-Hariri today held talks with the EU representative in Lebanon, Demitris Korkolas in Kraytem. Discussions centered on Lebanon's relations with the European Common Market. Also on the agenda of talks were the preparations for the European Commissioner Jacques Santer's scheduled visit to Lebanon next week. The Lebanese premier also received the Spanish and Swedish ambassadors. Hariri later held talks with a delegation from the Bekaa headed by deputy Robert Ghanem. This evening, prime minister Hariri will head a ministerial committee meeting in Kraytem held to discuss the development projects planned for distant and under-privileged areas of  the country.

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