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Israel's chief of staff resigns

By Iamseven     Jan 16, 2007 in World
Israel's Chief of Staff Lt Gen Dan Halutz has resigned, according to the military.
Gen Halutz told PM Ehud Olmert he was quitting "as investigations have run their course", Reuters news agency quoted an army spokeswoman as saying.
Halutz's resignation comes after inquiries into the Israeli conflict with Hezbollah last summer. Several inquiries are being conducted, questioning the Israeli government and army's actions during the 34-day standoff. The Israeli military has been heavily criticized for its failure to achieve its war aims.
The conflict began last July when Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers and killed 8 others. Israel responded by attacking the group fiercly-- but Israel failed to free the soldiers and a ceaserfire stopped the fighting in August.
There were 159 casualties on the Israeli side, with 116 of those being soldiers and 43 being civilians who were killed by the thousands of Hezbollah rocket attacks. To compare, about 1,000 Lebanese (where Hezbollah is based) were killed, mostly civilians, for which Israel has been heavily criticized and a large part of what has prompted the numerous internal investigations.
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