I still have electricity and an internet connection. I'll post entries until I am unable to.
Update 1 - 8:20 AM : The number of deaths in Lebanon has risen to twenty seven.
Update 2 - 8:23 AM: The Israeli Army has declared that one of the soldiers captured by Hizballah is Jewish, and the other is Druze.
Update 3 - 8:30 AM: Hizballah claims that it has launched over 70 missiles into Northern Israel. Naharaya. Kiriyat Shemona. Kiriya Shemona Airport. Roshbina. Roshbina Airport. Mt. Hermon. And other regions and towns that Hizballah boasts have never been hit since 1982.
Update 4 - 8:32 AM: Beirut's southern suburbs are being bombed. Israeli Navy ships can be seen from Beirut's airport.
Update 5 - 8:42 AM: Saad el Hariri was on his way to Beirut from China when the Israeli Air Force destroyed the airport runways. Hariri's plane was diverted to Larnaka, Cyprus.
Update 6 - 8:56 AM: The Israeli raid on Beirut's airport was conducted at 6:00 AM. Israeli Army radio declared that Israel is implementing an "air blockade" on Lebanon as a means of punishing the Lebanese government for not disarming Hizballah. The airport was hit with six rockets.
Update 7 - 9:05 AM: All exams for current and prospective students at the Lebanese University have been postponed indefinitely.
Update 8 - 9:14 AM: The main artery that connects Beirut to the South is a highway that pass underneath the airport runways that were just destroyed. Some of the Israeli missiles hit the runways at precisely the point where the tunnels pass. The tunnels are no longer usable.
Update 9 - 9:32 AM: Israeli fighter jets have just bombed the town of Bouday in the Baalbek Valley.
Update 10 - 9:38 AM: The Israelis actually bombed a Shi'a Mosque in Bouday.
Update 11 - 9:43 AM: Hizballah claims that it has repelled an Israeli force attempting to enter into Lebanese territory. They also claim that they have hit several major Israeli military bases with missles, and hit the Nahariya settlement again.
Update 12 - 10:01 AM: Israeli artillery is pounding the Hasbayya region. Aircraft have bombed the village of Bayyada.
Update 13 - 10:22 AM: The Middle East Quartet has just announced that its members are in the midst of intense discussions, the aim of which is to diffuse the situation on the Lebanese-Israeli border. They are trying to prevent the situation from developing into all-out war - i.e. Israeli invasion.
Update 14 - 10:23 AM: The Israeli Navy has just initiated a maritime blockade on Lebanon to complement the aerial blockade.
Lebanon's tourist industry employs around 500,000 individuals in a country with a population of 3.5 million. It is the country's largest employer. Projections for 2006 were that Lebanon would gain $4.5 billion from tourists. Poof!
Update 15 - 11:02 AM: The North-South Highway between Beirut and Saida was cleared of rubble about an hour ago by the Lebanese Army's Core of Engineers. It is now clear for those daring or desperate enough to pass through.
Update 16 - 11:10 AM: Israeli Defense Minister: We will not allow Hizballah to return to its positions on the Lebanese-Israeli Border.
Update 17 - 11:17 AM: Lebanon's Minister of Transportation, Mohammad Safadi: Segment of runway can be fixed within 48 hours, but allowing planes to land and take off will need a political decision.... An MEA plane landed and taxied away from the runway seconds before the Israeli strike.
Update 18 - 11:30 AM: Lebanese who can are beginning to seek refuge in Syria, of all places!
Update 19 - 12:14 PM: Family and relatives are starting to top of their vehicles' gas tanks.
Update 20 - 12:25 PM: Israeli artillery pounding eastern and southern entrances of Ayta village in the South, trapping the residents in their homes. Developing story...
Something tells me that everything the Israelis are doing right now is preparation for something much bigger. Going somewhere safer. Will try to update as much as I can.