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Remembering Israel’s 2006 war on Lebanon

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What: Israel waged aerial, ground and naval war on Lebanon’s Hezbollah

Where: Southern Lebanon and northern Israel

When: 12 July – 14 August 2006

What happened?

Between 12 July and 14 August 2006, Israel waged war on Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon and the Lebanese capital Beirut, by land, air and sea. Over the 34 days of the conflict, Israel carried out thousands of air strikes, while Hezbollah fired missiles into northern Israel. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), “The conflict resulted in at least 1,109 Lebanese deaths, the vast majority of whom were civilians, 4,399 injured, and an estimated one million displaced.” HRW also found that 43 Israeli civilians and 12 IDF soldiers were killed during the war.

The conflict was sparked-off when, on 12 July 2006, Hezbollah operatives crossed the Israel-Lebanon border to ambush an Israeli military vehicle that was on patrol. Three Israeli soldiers were killed and two were captured. When Israel sent a rescue mission into Lebanon in an attempt to find the captives, five more soldiers were killed.

Hezbollah demanded the release of Lebanese prisoners being held in Israel in return for the release of the two soldiers. Israel........

© Middle East Monitor