A wounded Lebanese woman, covered in blood, is evacuated after surviving an Israeli air strike in Tyre, south Lebanon. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed to wage an unrestrained campaign against Israel as over 50 Lebanese were killed in a devastating blitz of Israeli strikes and the Jewish state was hit by an unprecedented rocket attack.(AFP/Hassan Ammar)
Seven Canadians from the same Montreal family, including four young children, were killed in Lebanon on Sunday when Israeli aircraft bombed a house in the south of the country, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said.
Lebanese civilians who were wounded from an Israeli aircraft strike evacuate from Tyre, Lebanon, July 16, 2006. Israeli aircraft destroyed a house in a south Lebanon village on Sunday, killing eight civilians, including five with dual Canadian and Lebanese citizenship, a health ministry official said. REUTERS/Elie Abou Faysal (LEBANON)
Two-year-old Karim Qobeisi is treated in hospital in the southern market town of Nabatiyeh in Lebanon Sunday, July 16, 2006 after he was injured during an Israeli airstrike whilst in his house, according to his father who was also injured. Airstrikes reduced entire apartment buildings to rubble and knocked out electricity in swaths of the Lebanese capital Sunday as Israel dramatically escalated the ferocity of its campaign after Hezbollah rockets hit the northern city of Haifa. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
SHOCK & AWE
With Israel’s missiles raining down on their streets, the Lebanese remain defiant in the face of sustained attack.
The moment the Lebanese hoped they would never have to see again has arrived. “It is a war now,” says Grazulita Miro, a hairdresser sitting outside the open but deserted Salon Tony in the eastern Beirut suburb of Achrafieh. “After four days of this Israeli bombing, what else should we call it?” It’s Saturday morning, and the sense of relief in Beirut is palpable after a night free of raids. But it is short-lived. A population glued to the radio or TV, when the rationed power comes on, soon learns that the bombing has spread east and north. Then the bombing starts in the southern suburb of Haret Hreik, then at Beirut’s port – a stone’s throw from crowds of waiting escapees at Charles Helou bus station. In the early evening an Israeli rocket hits the lighthouse on the capital’s fabled sea-front. The destruction, or what the international community terms “excessive force”, has come to Beirut proper.
Britain sends warships to Middle East as crisis deepens
Britain has dispatched two Navy warships to the Middle East in preparation for a possible evacuation of 10,000 British citizens from Lebanon. The crisis between Israel, Lebanon and Gaza deepened yesterday, with at least 34 civilians, including 15 children, dying in Israeli airstrikes. More than 100 people were injured in the attacks.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence told the Sunday Herald last night that the ships, the HMS Illustrious and HMS Bulwark, will be arriving in the region “in a few days”.
An Irish child cries as Israeli warplanes cross the air, while she waits with her family to board a bus to be evacuated from Lebanon, in Beirut, July 17, 2006. REUTERS/ Sharif Karim (LEBANON)