Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Day 29 - August 9, 2006: Israeli war continues

Israel Decides to Widen Operations in Lebanon

Israel's security cabinet met for more than six hours to consider, and ultimately approve, a plan to send large numbers of troops to push as far north as the Litani River, about 15 miles within Lebanon.

Afterward, Eli Yishai, the minister of industry and trade, told reporters that the military’s assessment was that the expanded offensive "will last 30 days."

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No progress on UN resolution: Lebanon PM Saniora

"There is no progress so far. We are still at the same place," he told reporters in Beirut on Wednesday after meeting US Middle East envoy David Welch who arrived earlier Wednesday on a surprise visit to the war-torn country.

Parliament speaker Nabih Berri agreed "with Prime Minister Siniora that there is no progress until now."

"The contacts engaged by the Arab delegation in New York did not achieve anything until now," he said.

French President Jacques Chirac insisted Wednesday on an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon but admitted the United States had "reservations" over the wording of the draft resolution.

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Demonstrations in Berlin


Israeli war continues on Lebanon, more children are dying, more extensive bombardments over the southern suburb of Beirut, more ground invasions near the borders, and more air-strikes in South Lebanon.

Israeli bombardment wears on fraught Lebanese nerves

Many Lebanese are still trying to forget the horrors of the country's 1975-1990 war. "If people were traumatised before then the stress does not need to build up, they go straight into panic or flight."

Some have seen loved ones killed or homes destroyed. Others may be less close to the violence but jump at every blast and weep at bloody news footage.

UNICEF, the United Nations children's agency, said on Wednesday it was trying to help displaced children cope with memories that may prompt them to wet their beds, cry at the sound of bombing and cling fearfully to their parents.

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1 comment:

  1. As someone who witenessed 10 years of the war in lebanon from 1975 to 1990, I can identify with what my fellow Lebanese citizens are feeling. Even the sound of fireworks or thunder brings us back to the memories of the dreaded 15 years of war.
    And now this happening again, the sight of killing and butchering once again, is just horrible. I can see the tension among my family, my mother and father, we're all stressed out and barely have the ability to go out and do something, as we are currently in the US, far away from war... At the same time, very close, the TV never leaves our sight or hearing, always waiting to hear the magic word.
    It's certainly is magical, as magic doesn't exist, and so is the Peace in Lebanon.