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Pope Expresses Concern Over Escalating Mideast Fighting
By Sabina Castelfranco
16 July 2006

Pope Benedict is expressing grave concern over the escalation of fighting in Lebanon, while denouncing terrorism and retaliation in the Holy Land. Sabina Castelfranco has this VOA report from Rome.

Pope Benedict in Les Combes d'Introd, in Aosta Valley region, Italy, July 16, 2006 Pope Benedict is expressing serious concern over the escalation of violence in the Middle East. He was spoke from his mountain retreat in the Italian Alps, where he is on vacation until the end of this month.

In recent days, the pope said, the news coming from the Holy Land is for everyone a reason for new and serious preoccupation.

Violence has intensified in the Middle East after Hezbollah guerrillas, based in southern Lebanon pounded the Israeli city of Haifa with rockets and missiles, killing at least eight people. It was Hezbollah's deadliest rocket strike on Israel in at least 10 years.

Israel warned residents in southern Lebanon to flee before an imminent Israeli attack.


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