16 januar, 2007

Belejringen af Ain Jebel

Michael Totten er en blogger, der er på rundrejse i Libanon, og derfra skriver hyppige indlæg om hans indtryk, om interviews med høj og lav osv. En lille bid fra torsdagens indlæg, "The Siege og Ain Jebel", en kristen landsby omgivet af Hezbollah-kontrolleret territorium, og om dens oplevelser under krigem mellem Hezbollah og Israel i sommers:

He told me that 18 days after the start of the war a large group of civilians decided it was time to leave Ain Ebel and flee to the north. They were no longer willing to stay while Israel fired back at Hezbollah’s rocket launchers. It was too dangerous, and Hezbollah insisted on staying and endangering those who lived there.

So they fled the area in a convoy of civilian vehicles. It was safer, they figured, to travel in a group than alone.

On their way out of the village, Hezbollah fighters stood on the side of the road and opened fire with machine guns on the fleeing civilians.

I was shocked, and I asked Alan to confirm this. Was it really true? Hezbollah opened fire on Lebanese civilians with machine guns? Alan confirmed this was true.

"Why?" I had an idea, but I wanted a local person to say it.

Because, Alan said, Hezbollah wanted to use the civilians of Ain Ebel as “human shields.” I did not use the phrase “human shields.” These were Alan’s own words.

Fortunately, Hezbollah didn’t kill anybody when they opened fire. One person was shot in the hand, and another was shot in the shoulder. This was enough, though, to do the job. The civilians turned around and went back to the village under Israeli bombardment

Læs det hele.

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