Monday, July 17, 2006
Day 6: More Attacks
Ya Beirut! Ya Beirut, ya sit il dinyeh, ya Beirut!
The couple of hours of "rest" as I thought was just a sign for more brutality to come.
The IDF hit the airport yet again this morning. Hit the Beirut port and killed two civilians. Israeli fire did not spare the UNIFIL; an Indian soldier from UNIFIL stationed in Hawla on the Lebanese-Israeli border was wounded due to a hit from an IDF tank. Of course, more hits on the south, especially the city of Saida.
In return, Hizbullah showered Katyushas on Haifa and Nahariya.
The French Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin, is heading to Lebanon in a show of solidarity with the Lebanese people.
British PM has called for a ceasefire. UN Secretary General Annan has called for an immediate ceasefire in order to dispatch an interntional military intervention force.
...and that's not even three hours from my last update!
Update: The Iranian Foreign Minister arrived to Damascus conveying a letter from Iran's President Ahmadinejad to President Assad.
Addendum: Israel is working with the US and EU to evacuate foreign nationals from Lebanon. It makes me think that the hits Lebanon is sustaining is a sign for all those who need to leave Lebanon to leave, before Israel completely isolates Lebanon from the rest of the world.
Update 2: It's confirmed, an IDF plane has fallen in Kfarshima, east of Beirut, and both of its pilots have died. The IDF is denying these reports.
An Israeli military source says that some Israeli troops are entering Lebanon by land.
I'm just hearing on TV the Israeli Army alerts to the civilians in the south. They're asked to evacuate to Beirut, because the southern border is considered now a war zone. The alert went to explain in Arabic that the reason for the shelling of the villages is because Hizballah is launching its attacks from there. It's scary listening to the alerts.
The sad part is that when people try to evacuate, they are hit. Just got news of a car completely buried under the rubble after Israeli warplanes hit a bridge in the south. Three died.
500 Lebanese have gathered in Dubai, UAE to call for the end of attacks.
Update 3: A building in Haifa has collapsed as result of the Katyusha rockets.
President Lahoud has officially claimed that he supports the "Resistance" and will not give up Sayyid Nasrallah.
Update 4: AlJazeera reported that the downed Israeli plane is a pamphlet container not an F-16 jet.
Update 5: The Iranian Foreign Minister called for a ceasefire and exchange of prisoners.
Hizbullah has refused to give in to Israel's conditions.
"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."
Posted by Doha at 2:39 AM