Just last night we led our broadcast with "A Glimmer of Hope" headline and the possibility of a plan to end the conflict in the Middle East. A few hours later, the "glimmer" was gone. Overnight, Israel launched an attack in Qana, Lebanon that killed 60 people... many of them women and children. There was outrage in Beirut as news spread of the attack. Demonstrators trashed the United Nations office in Beirut. The U.N. Security Council responded with a special emergency session in New York.
Yesterday, it appeared the Middle East was on the verge of a breakthrough. Now, a new setback, new violence and heightened tensions.
We're going to have complete coverage tonight. NBC's Beirut Bureau Chief Richard Engel will tell us what he saw when he traveled to Qana after the attack. NBC's Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent will tell us how this has affected the diplomatic efforts of the Secretary of State. Kerry Sanders reports on the outrage in Beirut. Martin Fletcher has the response from Israel. Jim Maceda is covering the refugee crisis in Syria as hundreds of thousands of Lebanese cross the border.
This story is unfolding thousands of miles away. But it is having an tremendous impact in the U.S. and around the world.
As always, we appreciate your thought and comments and hope to see you tonight.