Saturday, August 05, 2006

Aug 4th , 10:00 pm

These are dispatches from both AP and Reuters :

- Israeli air strikes on two villages in south Lebanon on Friday flattened two houses, and 57 people were reported buried in the rubble, security officials and the state news agency reported. The number of dead was not immediately known.
The warplanes hit Taibeh, about 5 kilometers (3 miles)from the border, destroying a house where 7 people had taken refuge.
The second attack flattened a building in Aita al-Shaab, 2 kilometers (1 mile) inside Lebanon. Fifty people were reported covered in the rubble there.

- Israeli air strikes killed at least 40 civilians in east Lebanon and Beirut suburbs on Friday:
- One air strike hit a farm near Qaa, close to the Syrian border in the Bekaa Valley where workers, mostly Syrian Kurds, were loading plums and peaches on to trucks, local officials said. They said 33 people were killed and 20 wounded.
- Israeli aircraft destroyed four bridges on the main coastal highway north of Beirut, disrupting efforts to aid civilians displaced or trapped by the conflict in Lebanon, and cuting off the coastal highway to Syria, which the United Nations called its "umbilical cord" for aid to Lebanon.
"The whole road is gone," said Astrid van Genderen Stort of the U.N. refugee agency. "It's really a major setback because we used this highway to move staff and supplies into the country."
The European Commission said Israeli bombing of routes north of Beirut had made it harder to deliver humanitarian aid.
"We will need guarantees for the safety of our people on the ground if we are to successfully continue the provision of aid," said European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel.
- The U.N. World Food Programme called off planned convoys to the southern port city of Tyre after air raids on a Beirut suburb prevented drivers from reaching the assembly point.
-The International Organization for Migration said the destroyed road meant more than 700 Filipinos and SriLankans who were supposed to be evacuated to Syria were now stuck in Lebanon.
IOM spokeswoman Jemini Pandya said the bombed highway was the main route for getting refugees out of Lebanon, and noted that evacuations by sea are much more difficult. It was unclear whether a second road along the coast could be used, she said.
- In further developments Friday, U.N. aid organizations will help the Lebanese government begin a mass immunization campaign to prevent an outbreak of potentially fatal measles among refugee children, officials said.

Also, live from Israeli war planes :

- Israel has also launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip.
- Israel killed three Palestinians in the Strip on Friday amid air strikes that also wounded four people.
- At least 164 Palestinians, more than half of them civilians, have been killed since Israel's Gaza offensive began on June 28.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Christian and am praying for peace in your region. Please ask the Hez. to leave your area for your safety.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Words fail, dear Hanady... I just wanted to tell you again that you are doing a great job by letting us know about the attrocities happening in Lebanon, your blog is one of the most credible sources of information I use, since the media is so biased in my country... I also read Arabic press in order to keep myself updated with the terrible things unfolding there. I am sooo far away and I feel so torn apart because of these inhuman actions, so I really admire you guys for your strength. Chapeau bas. Que la paix revienne au pays des cèdres millénaires!
Lubnan sayabqa!

Thank you, Hanady :)

6:48 PM  

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