LEBANESE REMEMBER WAR

July 12 marked the first anniversary of the war with Israel. Lebanese remembered the day. Israel unleashed its killing machine against the tiny neighboring Arab country on the claim of seeking the release of two soldiers taken prisoner by the resistance group Hizbullah to swap for Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails.

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July 12 marked the first anniversary of the war with Israel. Lebanese remembered the day. Israel unleashed its killing machine against the tiny neighboring Arab country on the claim of seeking the release of two soldiers taken prisoner by the resistance group Hizbullah to swap for Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails. Up to 1,200 Lebanese civilians, a third of whom children, were killed in the Israeli ferocious air, sea and land assault which left the country’s hard-won infrastructure in tatters. Despite the devastation cause by Israel and the enormous economic fallout from the 34-day war the Lebanese have shown courage. Much of the battered infrastructure has been restored. Immediately after the war, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed to rebuild 15,000 homes demolished by the Israeli offensive. Material damage in the war was an estimated 3.6 billion dollars, not counting lost revenues.