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ITH intersects additional bulk-tonnage-grade gold intercepts at Livengood Deposit, Alaska

July 23, 2008

MK-RC-023 returns multiple gold horizons including 58 metres at 2.51 g/t gold.

Vancouver, B.C.- International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. ("ITH" or the "Company") - (TSXV: ITH, AMEX: THM, Frankfurt: IW9) is pleased to announce the latest drill results from the ongoing 2008 resource expansion program at its Livengood gold project in Alaska. The Company has received results from two trenches and an additional 14 holes of the 48 holes drilled to date - part of this year's 150-hole, 45,000-metre program (Figure 1). Notable intersections were returned from hole MK-RC-011, with 140 metres of 1.0 g/t gold (including 4.6 metres of 5.9 g/t gold), and hole MK-RC-023, which intersected multiple horizons of gold mineralization --including 67 metres of 0.95 g/t gold and 57.9 metres of 2.5 g/t gold. Both holes are from the south eastern extension of the Lillian core zone (Table 1) and highlight the significant resource expansion potential of the project.

These latest results continue to expand the northwest-trending higher-grade core zone of the Livengood deposit, which remains open in all directions. The higher grade core zone, as currently defined, has an average width of approximately 300 metres and has been intersected for some 500 metres of strike length with holes in higher grade mineralization at either end. The Company is currently focusing on expanding the zone with step out drilling to the northwest and southeast, as well as evaluating the potential for additional higher-grade zones to the east.

Step out drilling to the west and east of the high grade core, along the overall east-west mineralized belt, continues to return very encouraging results, such as MK-RC-0006 (collared on the east) which returned 178 metres of 0.71 g/t gold, and hole MK-RC-013 (collared on the west) which returned 88 metres at 1.07 g/t gold (Figure 1 and Table 2).

The two reverse circulation drills and one diamond drill are currently operating at the Livengood project. The Company intends to make regular monthly updates of the drilling results and plans to prepare an updated NI 43-101 resource estimate midway through the 2008 program (anticipated to be released in mid-October).

Table 1
New Drill Result Highlights, Livengood Project, Alaska

Hole ID

From (metres)

To (metres)

Length (metres)

Gold (g/t)

MK-RC-0006

15.24

35.03

19.81

0.98

214.88

259.08

44.20

0.67

289.56

315.47

25.91

0.62

330.71

350.52

19.81

0.81

MK-RC-0009

62.48

100.58

38.10

0.58

109.73

128.02

18.29

0.72

170.69

193.55

22.86

0.54

MK-RC-0010

146.30

172.21

25.91

0.78

MK-RC-0011

7.62

36.58

28.96

0.44

65.53

205.74

140.21

1.00

includes

114.30

118.87

4.57

5.92

MK-RC-0012

99.06

126.49

27.43

0.79

138.68

274.32

135.64

0.56

MK-RC-0013

115.82

123.44

7.62

4.49

includes

118.87

121.92

3.05

10.59

131.06

195.07

64.01

0.74

MK-RC-0014

181.36

185.93

4.57

0.71

MK-RC-0015

no significant results

MK-RC-0016

no significant results

MK-RC-0017

60.96

67.06

6.10

1.01

102.11

155.45

53.34

0.73

MK-RC-0018

71.63

82.30

10.67

0.45

111.25

118.87

7.62

0.98

137.16

146.30

9.14

0.88

MK-RC-0020

0.00

24.38

24.38

0.53

76.20

91.44

15.24

0.72

140.21

172.21

32.00

0.62

MK-RC-0021

4.57

24.38

19.81

0.60

118.87

129.54

10.67

0.65

146.30

156.97

10.67

0.88

MK-RC-0023

74.68

89.92

15.24

1.18

includes

76.20

79.25

3.05

4.17

114.30

181.36

67.06

0.95

196.60

254.51

57.91

2.51

includes

230.12

236.22

6.10

17.64

Lillian Structure Trench Results

MK-08-TR01

0.00

16.61

16.61

0.64

MK-08-TR02

0.00

18.29

18.29

0.90

Significant intercepts calculated using 0.25 g/t gold cut-off.


Table 2
New Drill Hole Data Mineralization Summary, Livengood Project, Alaska

Hole ID

Total Length (metres)

Length Mineralized (metres)*

Average Grade Mineralized Section Gold (g/t)

% of Hole Mineralized

MK-RC-0006

353.57

178.32

0.71

50%

MK-RC-0009

246.89

135.63

0.58

55%

MK-RC-0010

240.79

57.92

0.73

24%

MK-RC-0011

225.55

184.41

0.91

82%

MK-RC-0012

307.85

188.98

0.60

61%

MK-RC-0013

225.55

88.39

1.07

39%

MK-RC-0014

217.93

15.25

0.46

7%

MK-RC-0015

195.07

30.48

0.39

16%

MK-RC-0016

134.11

0.00

0.00

0%

MK-RC-0017

297.18

123.45

0.61

42%

MK-RC-0018

252.98

80.77

0.57

32%

MK-RC-0020

213.36

97.51

0.56

46%

MK-RC-0021

213.36

62.48

0.59

29%

MK-RC-0023

288.04

170.68

1.44

59%

* Criteria – intervals calculated at a 0.25 g/t gold cutoff and can include up to 3 metres of internal waste. All intervals are summed for the hole to create an average grade and total thickness for all intervals above cutoff.


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Figure 1: Livengood Drill Hole Map
(The 14 new drill holes for which data is reported in this release are shown in red.)


Holes MK-RC 0014, 15 & 16 were drilled in the southwest corner of the target area and indicate that the deposit is restricted in this area as the more favourable host rocks have been structurally removed.

Qualified Person

Jeffrey A. Pontius (CPG 11044), a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release and has approved the disclosure herein. Mr. Pontius is the President and CEO of ITH.

The work program at Livengood was designed and is supervised by Dr. Russell Myers, Vice President, Exploration of ITH, and Chris Puchner, Chief Geologist (CPG 07048), who are responsible for all aspects of the work, including the quality control/quality assurance program. On-site personnel at the project photograph the core from each individual borehole prior to preparing the split core. Duplicate reverse circulation drill samples are collected with one split sent for analysis. Representative chips are retained for geological logging. All sample shipments are sealed and shipped to ALS Chemex in Fairbanks Alaska for preparation and on to Vancouver, B.C. for assay. ALS Chemex's quality system complies with the requirements for the International Standards ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025: 1999. Analytical accuracy and precision are monitored by the analysis of reagent blanks, reference material and replicate samples. Quality control is further assured by the use of international and in-house standards. Finally, representative blind duplicate samples are forwarded to ALS Chemex and an ISO compliant third party laboratory for additional quality control.

About International Tower Hill Mines Ltd.

International Tower Hill Mines Ltd. is a resource exploration company, focused in Alaska and Nevada, which controls a number of exploration projects representing a spectrum of early stage to advanced gold and base metal discoveries. ITH is committed to building shareholder value through new discoveries while maintaining a majority interest in its holdings, thereby giving its shareholders the maximum value for their investment.

On behalf of
INTERNATIONAL TOWER HILL MINES LTD.

(signed) Jeffrey A. Pontius
Jeffrey A. Pontius,
President and Chief Executive Officer

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