A Russian military convoy defied a cease-fire agreement Wednesday and rolled through a strategically important city in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, which claimed fresh looting and bombing by the Russians and their allies.
President Bush said a massive U.S. aid package was on the way for tens of thousands uprooted in the conflict and demanded Russia “keep its word and act to end this crisis.”
By Christopher Torchia and Matti Friedman, The Associated Press
, August 14, 2008
Palestinian militants fired 50 rockets and mortars toward Israel on Wednesday, and Israel responded with airstrikes in Gaza just hours before a truce was to take effect, illustrating how fragile the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas would be.
In another diplomatic initiative, Israel called on neighboring Lebanon to open peace negotiations — an overture that was quickly rejected by Lebanon’s prime minister.
By Matti Friedman, The Associated Press
, June 19, 2008
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