Saturday, August 12, 2006

Beirut, August 11th, 2006

Everybody was clapping in the street half an hour ago. I looked from my window to find out the reason: the electricity was back.
I was sitting in my office, sweating, trying to meet my deadline and to keep the mosquitoes away at the same time.
So, the clapping in the street meant I was able to turn the AC on.
But then my neighbors were clapping again. What now? Did Brazil win the world cup?
No. It was Al Jazeera: it said Israel accepts an emergency cease fire.
Well, so we’ll have a break tomorrow?
This was what I wrote yesterday night, but I didn’t send it cause my colleagues and I were waiting for the UN security council resolution to be voted and we stayed in the office till about 3 a.m. The answer to yesterday’s question came today:
These are extracts of what my colleague Zeina Karam wrote for AP news agency:
Israeli air strikes and ground attacks continued on Saturday despite a U.N. resolution for a cease-fire, with missiles and artillery killing at least 19 people across Lebanon, mostly in the south.

In the South :

-The deadliest attack was on homes in the village of
Rachaf, some 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the border, where at least 15 civilians were killed, security officials said.
-Israeli missiles also hit a vehicle in Kharayeb, a village
in the Zahrani region about halfway between Beirut and the border, killing three people and wounding five, officials said.
-A separate raid destroyed a bridge linking the southern cities of Tyre and Nabatiyeh with Sidon.
-Shrapnel from missiles fired on the village of Insariyeh, halfway between Sidon and Tyre, hit a vehicle carrying Lebanese journalists working for a Swedish television channel, and one of them was wounded, security officials said.
-Electricity was out in Tyre and Sidon, after Israeli warplanes struck transformers at power plants in both coastal cities. An official at the power plan in Sidon, George Makhoul, said it could be 10 days before power was restored.
-Ground fighting was also intense throughout south Lebanon. Bombardment continued in hills and villages in southeast
Lebanon as well,

In the North :

-An Israeli air strike destroyed a road leading to the only remaining border crossing to Syria _ Arida, on the northern coast _ severing the last escape route for besieged
Lebanese and for humanitarian aid entering the country.
Israeli jets targeted the highway linking Arida with the
Northern city of Tripoli, at a point about 8 kilometers (5
Miles) from the border, officials said.
The crossing remained open, but the road leading to it was impassable, and vehicles were spotted driving off-road through ditches early Saturday.
- Security officials reported several air strikes in Akkar
Province, located about 97 kilometers (60 miles) north of

In the Bekaa (east)

-Warplanes struck at apartment buildings that house a
Hezbollah charity organization in the heart of the eastern
City of Baalback, wounding three people. Another four people were injured in an air strike on a house west of Baalback, officials said.
-A Lebanese soldier was killed overnight in an air raid near an army base in the western Bekaa Valley, the army said.



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