Wednesday, July 26, 2006

2 excellent articles

1) And Then They Paid Dearly. By Tom McCarthy

"Did the Shaito family have reason, when those leaflets came fluttering onto their rooftop and into their hands, to expect better treatment out on the naked roads from the Israeli helicopters than had been shown the 15 children and 7 adults who were killed in the so-called “Marwahine massacre” of July 15, when the victims’ open truck was attacked just after having been turned away from a South Lebanon UN encampment?"

2) Why I'm not evacuating Beirut. By Faerlie Wilson

"So although I'm not Lebanese by blood, I have become Beiruti. There are plenty of us who fit that description, foreigners who fell in love with the place and its people. One friend, an American college student interning for the summer with a member of the Lebanese parliament, called in tears en route to the northern border to tell me her parents had forced her to leave."


Blogger Eve said...

wow. i read the second one and it gave me the chill. I know my foreigner boss feels the same way. he returned to lebanon yesterday because he refuses to be out there, just watching. baddo yosmod ma3na :)

2:05 AM, July 26, 2006  
Anonymous Ajay said...

The reason for such an event is explained by the latest press release from UNIFIL. Hezbollah usually tries to fire its weapons in close proximity to UN positins.

From today’s United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon press release, more reports of Hizballah using UN positions as cover:

There were two direct impacts on UNIFIL positions from the Israeli side in the past 24 hours. Eight artillery and mortar rounds impacted inside an Indian battalion position in the area of Hula, causing extensive material damage, but no casualties. One artillery round impacted the parameter wall of the UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura. There were five other incidents of firing close to UN positions from the Israeli side. It was also reported that Hezbollah fired from the vicinity of five UN positions at Alma Ash Shab, At Tiri, Bayt Yahoun, Brashit, and Tibnin.

All UNIFIL positions in the area of operation remain permanently occupied and maintained by the troops. UNIFIL dispatched three logistic convoys to resupply some positions yesterday. Additional convoys are planned for today, particularly to the forward positions in the eastern and central sectors which are facing critical shortages of basic supplies. The number of troops in some Ghanaian battalion positions is somewhat reduced because of the increased safety risk for the troops due to frequent incidents of Hezbollah firing from the vicinity of the positions, and shelling and bombardment close to the positions from the Israeli side.

5:41 AM, July 29, 2006  

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