A Letter From The Publisher: Jun. 21, 1982

Reporting a shooting war, no matter how historic or dramatic the conflict, involves less glory than sheer danger. Last week, on the first day of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, TIME Photographer Barry Iverson was heading south on the coast road between Damur and Sidon when he was caught in an Israeli naval bombardment. An exploding shell wounded him severely in the leg. In shock from the loss of blood, he was taken to a Palestinian hospital, then transferred to the American University Hospital in Beirut, where his leg was surgically pieced together...

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