이스라엘이 레바논에 대한 공세를 강화하고있는 가운데, 레바논은, 민간인 희생자 발생을 막고 피해를 최소화하도록 이스라엘에 촉구하기로 미국이 약속했다고 밝혔습니다.

레바논의 푸아드 시니오라 총리실은 14일에 발표한 성명에서, 부쉬 미국 대통령이 시니오라 총리에게 전화를 걸어, 피해를 최소화하도록 이스라엘에 압력을 넣을 것이라고 말했다고 밝혔습니다.

한편, 유엔 안전보장이사회는 레바논의 요청에 따라, 중동위기를 논의하기위한 비상회의를 14일에 열 예정입니다. 러시아의 블라디미르 푸틴 대통령은 14일, 모든 분쟁 당사자들에게 즉각 군사행위를 중단할 것을 촉구했습니다.

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Lebanon says the United States has promised that it will urge Israel to avoid civilian casualties and damage as it increases attacks on its neighbor.

A statement today (Friday) from Prime Minister Fuad Siniora's office said President Bush telephoned the Lebanese leader to assure him that the United States will press Israel to limit damages. The White House confirmed the call but would not provide details of their discussion.

The United Nations Security Council is to hold an urgent meeting at the request of Lebanon today on the escalating crisis in the Middle East.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on all sides in the conflict to immediately end military action.

French President Jacques Chirac asked if there was a "will to destroy Lebanon, its equipment, its roads and its communication."

But Saudi Arabia lashed out against what it called "rash adventures" by elements inside Lebanon without legitimate authority or coordination with Arab countries.