Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Deadly Day

I was sleeping at about 5 a.m. Monday when I was woken up by a strong explosion. I opened my eyes and waited for few seconds and another explosion echoed from a distance. I turned on the radio next to my bed and shortly afterward Voice of Lebanon had the breaking news. "Attacks renewed on the southern suburbs."
The day ended with the bloodiest death toll since the war began. Forty-nine Lebanese civilians were killed in the south, Bekaa and the southern suburbs. Two Hezbollah guerrillas as well as three Israeli soldiers were killed.
The worst air raid was in Shiyah and left 10 people killed and 43 wounded. The pictures of the dead and wounded being taken out of the rubble were very sad.
A wounded man told Al-Jazeera television from his hospital bed "we were at home and the Israelis bombed us. They should have the courage and go fight against resistance fighters if they dare not bomb innocent civilians."
The number of Lebanese killed since the war began is getting close to 1,000 according to the Supreme Relief Council and it seems more people will lose their live before a cease fire, or an end to hostilities, is reached.
But there were also good news today.
There were reports from the southern village of Houla saying that more than 40 people were killed in an Israeli air raid. Hours later the report turned out not to be true and dozens of people were rescued alive but one person was killed.
Prime Minister Fuad Saniora told Arab foreign minister who flew to Beirut Monday that Israel's war has taken Lebanon decades backward. I remembered what an Israeli general said shortly before the was began. "We will take Lebanon 20 years back."
Saniora said Israel was practicing state terrorism against Lebanon.

Bassem Mroue
Beirut Aug. 8, 2006.
6:30 a.m.

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