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Full extent of Israel's devastation of Lebanon revealed

Issue No. 2021

The Samidoun solidarity network has done a damage assessment of 70 villages across south Lebanon. The figures reveal the shocking extent of Israel’s war.

Eleven schools were completely destroyed in the 33-day barrage, and over 50 others badly damaged. Most schools and colleges are struggling to reopen as many buildings are littered with cluster bombs.

Among places of worship, four churches and 18 mosques were flattened, while 27 others have extensive damage. St Anthony’s convent in the town of Nabatiyeh was destroyed, and the convent in the village of Yaroun was shelled.

Government offices, shops, hospitals and clinics were not spared, nor were social centres, public gardens, playgrounds and swimming pools.

The extent of damage to homes has meant that in many villages only half the population has been able to return. Over 5,600 homes were completely destroyed, a further 7,000 are uninhabitable and up to 14,500 need extensive repairs.

Some villages are no longer habitable. Maroun al-Ras, the scene of heavy hand to hand fighting, is totally destroyed, while Aita al-Shaab, which fought off three major Israeli ground assaults, has to be demolished and rebuilt.

Beirut will host this year’s Cairo Conference against imperialism on 24-26 November, in solidarity with the people of Lebanon. If you would like to go e?mail [email protected], or [email protected]

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Sat 7 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2021
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