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Israel repeats call for release of soldiers

Reporter: Jane Hutcheon

TONY JONES: In the past few hours, hundreds of thousands of Israelis have again been forced to take
cover in underground shelters as Hezbollah guerillas fired more rockets into the city of Haifa. In
the latest attacks, rockets detonated near a port facility and a railway depot, although no
injuries have been reported. While Israel said tonight that it would work with the international
community to bring about a ceasefire, it added that there would be no let up until their captured
soldiers are released by Hezbollah. Jane Hutcheon reports from northern Israel.

JANE HUTCHEON: On Israel's northern border, soldiers use the latest technology to fight Hezbollah's
firepower, which has unleashed 1500 rockets on Israel towns and cities in six days.

CAPTAIN DORON SPEILMAN, ISRAELI MILITARY SPOKESMAN: We plot trajectory of the actual rocket itself.
We shoot a rocket in response and try to knock out the battery itself, which is very difficult to
do because most of these are mobile batteries.

JANE HUTCHEON: This evening, Israel's Foreign Minister left the door open as to whether Israel
would agree to a temporary international presence in south Lebanon, but the return of the captured
Israeli soldiers, which started this conflict, was not negotiable.

TZIPI LIVNI, ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER: It is our moral obligation as human beings, as Israelis, to
demand initial and immediate and unconditional release of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers.

JANE HUTCHEON: Earlier Israel's Prime Minister defended his country's deadly offences in Lebanon
and Gaza. As the UN mission began discussions in Jerusalem, the Prime Minister also vowed to seek a
diplomatic solution, once Hezbollah's weapons have been silenced. This after the port city of Haifa
spent another uncertain day under Hezbollah's rockets. Most of the attacks missed their mark, but
not this one. An apartment building was severely damaged. Though miraculously no one was killed.
Residents of Haifa surveyed the latest damage. Across northern Israel at least 20 people were
injured in rocket attacks. But the message to Hezbollah was one of resilience.

WOMAN: I am staying in my house. This is my house. They like us to go out. They like us...

MAN: We believe there's no two bombs in the same police.

JANE HUTCHEON: And for a third straight day, Hezbollah's rockets again fell on Haifa in the
vicinity of the port. Army officials say this offensive could last another week, but Israelis are
not weary. There remains widespread public support for attacking Hezbollah, even if it means the
towns and cities of northern Israel are under fire. Jane Hutcheon, Lateline.