Friday, August 18, 2006

18-Aug-06: The Real Scope of Damage to Lebanon

From 13th August 2006 edition of the Los Angeles Times:

Lebanon's Renewal Is Dashed in Weeks
Rebuilding could top $2.5 billion, officials say, as recent repairs from past war are wiped out.
By Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
...The government review shows that Israel has largely avoided some types of targets: major power plants, water treatment facilities, telephone systems, central government buildings and most factories. The bombing has focused on Shiite areas of southern Lebanon and the Beirut suburbs. Although roads and bridges have been hit all over the capital, most of the damage in Beirut has been limited to a single square mile of the southern suburbs: The neighborhoods of Bir Abed and Hrat Hreik. An almost daily barrage of missiles, bombs and gunship artillery has systematically removed Hezbollah's headquarters, its schools, clinics, sports centers and homes, along with the homes of thousands of civilians who live nearby...

1 comment:

Whispering_Jack said...

There's no question that the damage to Beirut and Southern Lebanon has been exaggerated by parts of the media to support Hezbollah's propaganda campaign in this ongoing war.

Equally insidious has been the avoidance by many of the issue of Hezbollah embedding itself inside civilian areas. This report is particularly damning of the BBC's conduct in this regard: -