Israel`s Dep. Chief of Staff Moshe Kaplinsky says Lebanon operation could last several weeks

Lebanon reports up to 10 soldiers killed in another Israeli air attack over Hizballah strongholds in and around Beirut. There were more air strikes Monday overnight on Nabatiya in the south and Baalbek in the east. The forward Hizballah post in the Lebanese half of Ghajar village was destroyed.
Military sources say Tuesday, July 18, that one-third of Hizballah’s long-range missiles have been degraded in six days of Israeli operations in Lebanon. Overnight Monday, July 17, Israeli air action disabled 15 short-range rockets, intercepted 7 launch teams and blew up a number of weapons stores and command posts. Two weapons were trucks struck Tuesday.
Hizballah started out with 10-13,000 rockets and, according to our sources, is receiving fresh supplies through smuggling routes across Syria into the northern Lebanese pocket of Hermel.
It is therefore impossible to draw up a time table to end the Israeli campaign to crush Hizballah’s war machine.
The IDF still relies mostly on its air force to destroy Hizballah stores and infrastructure. Israeli artillery, responding to every-deepening Hizballah rocket attacks, is shelling suspected rockets stores secreted in the homes, garages and schools of south Lebanese towns and villages, after advising southerners to leave their homes. Elite troops also took part in these operations.
The southern suburbs of Beirut continue to take a pounding too, as do the Hizballah’s logistics and training centers in the Beqaa Valley and roads connecting Lebanon to Syria to cut off Hizballah’s supply routes.

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