EU blasts 'disproportionate use of force'

The European Union on Thursday criticized Israel for using what it called "disproportionate" force in its attacks on Lebanon following the cross border raid by Hizbullah guerillas, who captured two Israeli soldiers. "The European Union is greatly concerned about the disproportionate use of force by Israel in Lebanon in response to attacks by Hizbullah on Israel," according to a statement issued by Finland which holds the EU's rotating presidency. "The presidency deplores the loss of civilian lives and the destruction of civilian infrastructure. The imposition of an air and sea blockade on Lebanon cannot be justified."