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20 July 2006 :: 15:07:08 pm 33086

Death Toll Rises As War Rages On

With the continuing war between Israel and Hezbollah troops, things seem to be getting worse, not better, with no apparent end in sight.
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   With this horrible war waging in the Middle East, many different nations are desperately trying to get their citizens out of Lebanon. This is a welcomed trip for the foreigners residing in Lebanon. But what about the people who actually live there, the Lebanese people, where are they supposed to go? They almost seem to be forgotten in all the chaos.

   Thousands of the Lebanese people have been seen fleeing their homes to destinations north or east of Syria. To be even more precise, they are fleeing any area that Israel has deemed to have Hezabollah strongholds.

   The traffic on the main road between Beirut and Damascus was apparently 20 times more congested than normal. All of these people were fleeing war-ravaged zones with little clue as to where they would end up after they cross the border into Syria. Many of the Lebanese refugees ended up in a stadium in Damascus, Syria on Wednesday.

   Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora is outraged by the fact that no one has come to aid the Lebanese people in their time of need. In a speech given to diplomats on Wednesday, Siniora asked, “Is the value of human life in Lebanon less than that of the citizens of other countries? Can the international community stand by while such callous retribution by the State of Israel is inflicted on us?” 

    Siniora added, “Is this what the international community calls self defense? Is this the price we pay for aspiring to build our democratic institutions?”

  All are questions that have to be addressed sooner than later. In the eight days that this war has been waging, dozens of people have lost their lives, many others have been injured, and roughly half a million Lebanese people have been displaced. It is quite apparent that Lebanon needs help from the international community.

   The UN agrees with Siniora saying that a cease-fire is needed. U.N. Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown said, “Civilians are very unfairly bearing the greatest brunt of this conflict in Lebanon.”

  On the other side of the war, many innocent Israeli civilians are also being killed, injured and displaced from their homes from Hezbollah rocket attacks. 
   In the most recent attacks on Wednesday, a wave of Israeli warplanes blasted a bunker in south Beirut thought to hold Hezbollah‘s top leaders. This attack against the guerrillas comes despite mounting international pressure and an appeal from Lebanon to spare the country further death and devastation.

   However, according to Hezbollah militants, the attack was futile. The 23 tons of explosives that were dropped by the warplanes hit a mosque that was under construction, and no Hezbollah leaders were killed.

    The strike was the most dramatic action on a day that saw Israeli troops punch into south Lebanon to clash with the guerrillas and launched strikes that killed an estimated 40 people. Israel broadcast warnings into south Lebanon telling civilians to leave the region, a possible prelude to a larger Israeli ground operation.

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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