In July of 2006, members of the terrorist group Hezbollah entered Israel and killed several Israeli soldiers, kidnapping two others. Israel responded to the attack with aerial strikes throughout Lebanon. Members of Hezbollah then retaliated with rocket attacks, launching the Israel and Lebanon into a full-scale war that lasted four weeks.
Trapped in the middle of this conflict was the civilian population of both countries. According to Human Rights Watch, this brief conflict killed roughly one thousand civilians and displaced nearly a million more.
Even now, threats remain. The use of landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have furthered the human toll within Lebanon. Often accidentally detonated by children, these explosives maim and sometimes kill innocent civilians.
CIVIC is now traveling to Lebanon and Israel to document the ongoing effects of this conflict on the civilian population. Check out the following videos and posts to learn more about both our experiences and how we plan to take action.
To learn a bit more about the Israel and Lebanon 2006 conflict, it’s aftermath and related issues we recommend Kevin Sites’ (from Yahoo’s In the Hot Zone) excellent video blog.