Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Friday, July 21, 2006

Cyprus at the breaking point

In the last four days, 12,000 refugees fleeing Lebanon have debarked in Cyprus, where there are absolutely no facilities for this kind of crowd. Not enough hotels, not enough drinking water, not enough food, not enough latrines...and thousands more expected. So much for the evacuations by ferry...they dump you in Cyprus and buona notte!

This is just as irresponsible as the Israeli leaflets fluttering down on Southern Lebanon. Just where are the tens of thousands of Shi'ite villagers supposed to go? Beirut Public School No. 2?

Of course the US is losing no time in delivering more bombs

"The Bush administration is rushing a delivery of precision-guided bombs to Israel, which requested the expedited shipment last week after beginning its air campaign against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon...satellite and laser-guided bombs....Israel’s request for expedited delivery of the satellite and laser-guided bombs was described as unusual by some military officers, and as an indication that Israel still had a long list of targets in Lebanon to strike." [via The New York Times]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so sad, so depressing, so infuriating, so totally bad.

What can we do?

(Wail of frustration accompanies this entry.)

Before reading your blog, I knew nothing about the oil leaks. Damn them to hell.

jawbone of the screaming, rapid lambs

10:00 AM  
Blogger CSTAR said...

From video clips (on BBC, even ABC News) it appears that the damage to many urban residential neighborhoods in Beirut by the Israeli Air Force has been extensive. These reports show block after block of destroyed apartment buildings. Is there documentation (such as maps or aerial surveys) of the extent of this damage? If a crime has been committed, indisputable evidence of it needs to be established, quickly, before other events (such as ground fighting) taint the evidence.

The claim by the Israeli armed forces, that they warn civilians to leave their homes before demolishing them, absolves Israel of crimes, should not stand.

10:37 AM  

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