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August 31, 2006
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Israel rebuffed a United Nations request to lift its sea and air blockade on Lebanon. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, fresh from a visit to Beirut, made the request to Ehud Olmert in their meeting in Jerusalem on Wednesday. The Israeli prime minister said the blockade, which was imposed shortly after Hezbollah killed eight Israeli soldiers and abducted two on July 12, sparking a 34-day war, would remain in place until a U.N. cease-fire resolution is put into action.

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