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UPDATED: 09:40, July 26, 2006
Jordanian King telephones UN Secretary General
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Jordanian King Abdullah II telephoned on Tuesday the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and discussed with him the latest situation in Lebanon, the Jordanian news agency Petra reported.

Abdullah stressed the importance of intensifying the UN's efforts to end the crisis and the suffering of the Lebanese people.

He affirmed the need for an immediate and comprehensive cease- fire to end the killing of the innocent civilians, calling on the UN and the international community to provide all forms of assistance to help Lebanon overcome the current hard circumstances.

Kofi Annan briefed Abdullah on the international efforts aimed at finding an outlet for the deteriorating situation in the Middle East.

Diplomatic efforts are underway to stop the Hezbollah-Israel conflict which entered its 14th day on Tuesday, as nearly 400 Lebanese and about 40 Israelis have been killed in the firefights.

Source: Xinhuaarmy has also taken control of the southern Lebanese border town of Maroun al-Ras, another Hezbollah stronghold.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army's Northern Command said that exchanges of fire between Israeli troops and Hezbollah guerillas were relatively few on Tuesday due to the deployment of artillery, infantry and armored brigades in south Lebanon.

Israel's massive assault against Lebanon entered the 14th day on Tuesday and over 350 Lebanese and 42 Israelis have been killed in the violence.

The conflict erupted when Lebanon's Hezbollah guerillas captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others during a July 12 cross-border attack.

Source: Xinhua

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