Posted by: sean | July 13, 2006

Beirut International Airport bombed then closed

Last night I went to bed after no news here. Israel had bombed several cities in the south, including Nabatiya, the city where I spent last weekend swimming and enjoying the sun. I woke up this morning to a call from a friend’s parents in Amman, who told us that Israel had just bombed the Bierut airport, which is now closed.

I called the US embassy, but they told me that they’re closed and that I should call back at 8:30.

The Lebanese emvoy to the US, Farid Abboud, was recalled to Beirut for saying that Israel should exchange prisoners.

I haven’t been able to get into Syria for the last few days, so I have a hard time believing that I’ll be able to get into Damascus. The airport is the only real way out for me, unless I can take a boat from the north to Cyprus, where I could get a flight back to Paris.

Israel is saying that the airport is the hub for terrorist weapons, which is bullshit, because everything most likely comes through the Syrian ground border. This is to show Beirut that Israel means business. I hope that it’s a bluff, and that this will be the only real attacks north of Hizbollah-controlled parts of the south. I also hope that there will not be inter-Lebanese fighting…

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