That is the number of Lebanese children killed in an Israeli air strike this morning (or Bush’s moment of “opportunity”):
An Israeli airstrike killed at least 50 people — more than half children — in a southern Lebanese village Sunday, the deadliest attack in 19 days of fighting. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice postponed a visit to Lebanon in a setback for diplomatic efforts to end hostilities.
Infuriated Lebanese officials said they had asked Rice to postpone the visit after Israel’s missile strike. But Rice said she called Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora to say she would postpone the trip, and that she had work to do in Jerusalem to end the fighting.
The missiles destroyed several homes in the village of Qana as people were sleeping. Rescue officials said at least 50 people were killed, and the bodies of 27 children were found in the rubble.
Israeli said it targeted Qana because it was a base for hundreds of rockets launched at Israeli, including 40 that injured five Israelis on Sunday. Israel said it had warned civilians several days before to leave the village.
Other developments include:
- Lebanese crowd breaks into U.N. HQ in Beirut
- LEBANON: An environmental disaster looms
- Many Arabs Applaud Hezbollah
There is no end in sight to this fighting and most experts are in agreement that the fighting is only strengthening Hezbollah.