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Israel Blocks Lebanon's Air and Sea Ports

Israeli forces have blocked Lebanon's ports and put its international airport out of commission, while continuing its search for two captured soldiers near the border. The conflict has intensified on the second day of heavy fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon.

At least 50 Lebanese civilians, eight Israeli soldiers and at least two Israeli civilians have been killed so far. The two Israeli soldiers, whose capture by Hebollah sparked the fighting, have not been returned.

Israel says that at least one Katyusha rocket from Lebanon hit the Israeli port city of Haifa, the farthest south a rocket launched from Israel has landed.

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Linda Gradstein
Linda Gradstein has been the Israel correspondent for NPR since 1990. She is a member of the team that received the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the team that received Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for her coverage of the Gulf War. Linda spent 1998-9 as a Knight Journalist Fellow at Stanford University.