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Byblos

(bĭb`ləs), ancient city, Phoenicia, a port 17 mi (27 km) NNE of modern Beirut, Lebanon. The principal city of Phoenicia during the 2d millennium B.C., it long retained importance as an active port under the Persians. Byblos was the chief center of the worship of Adonis. Because of its papyruses, it was also the source of the Greek word for book and, hence, of the name of the Bible. Excavations of Byblos, especially since 1922, have shown that trade existed between Byblos and Egypt as early as c.2800 B.C. A syllabic script found at Byblos dates from the 18th to the 15th cent. B.C.
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The IDF carried out three operations in Bint Jbail during the war, and did not conquer it because of its sprawling urban character.
Fighting in Bint Jbail, in the southeast corner of Lebanon, also killed 15 guerrillas, the military said.
A swathe of destruction blasted through the centre of Bint Jbail, from which Israeli troops pulled out on Saturday after heavy resistance.
Late on July 26 Israel said nine soldiers had been killed and 22 wounded in an assault on the town of Bint Jbail.
At the Menara Kibbutz on a high ridge overlooking Lebanon, streaof smoke drifted from the town of Mes e Jbail from apparent Israeli shelling.
Eight of the IDF dead - five soldiers and three officers - were from the Golani Brigade; they were killed in fighting in the town of Bint Jbail.
Hezbollah fighters battled to stop Israeli forces from capturing the town of Bint Jbail in the heaviest fighting of Israel's two-week offensive.
Following an intense artillery barrage, Israeli troops took control of a hilltop in Bint Jbail, but the remainder of the Lebanese town was held by Hezbollah guerrillas, military officials said.
Israel Radio reported that the forces were moving on the town of Bint Jbail in southern Lebanon, known as a stronghold of Hezbollah guerrillas, after a heavy overnight artillery barrage in the area.
Going north: Metn, Keserwan and Jbail, it's orange all the way, Michel Aoun's FPM colour.
Bint Jbail is a symbol of Hizbullah", said Dan Halutz, Israeli chief of staff, claiming a few hundred Hizbullah fighters were in the area along with 500 civilians who had not heeded Israeli warnings to flee.
Massive explosions shook Beirut as plumes of smoke rose over Hizbullah strongholds in the southern part of the city, while clashes continued along Lebanon's southern border as Israeli tanks and troops fought Hizbullah in and around the town of Bint Jbail.