A visit to Dahieh (southern suburb of Beirut)

August 21st, 2006 | Posted in War and Terror

A Tadamon! friend goes back to his neighbourhood in Beirut for the first time since his family was driven out. He documents the destruction with photos:

Today (15 August), I had my first visit to the southern suburbs after the ceasefire. The amount of destruction is unbelievable! Blocks and blocks of buildings have been flattened. Even though everyone knew that from the TV reports, seeing it is something else! A weird combination of smells is in the air; maybe it’s dead bodies, gases, chemicals from the explosives, garbage, rotten food …

Photos of Dahieh suburb (before and after): www.samidoun.org/files/images/harra_compare.jpg

The first picture (on the left) was from my balcony taken on the 13th of July, when the Israelis first bombed the airport early in the morning (you can see the cloud of smoke rising above the building in the centre). The second picture was taken 15 August, from the same vantage point.

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