Lebanon: The Siege of Beirut: Week Six

As Israel's patience wears thin, the fighting escalates dangerously

It was the Muslim feast day of Id al Fitr, marking the end of the monthlong Ramadan fast. As the first light of day fell over West Beirut, families gathered in the city's cemeteries to mourn their dead. Some people quietly prayed and read the Koran beside older graves marked by marble slabs and beribboned arbors. Others wept beside the many fresh mounds of dirt, marked only by cinder blocks. Near by lay picks and shovels left by gravediggers the evening before. As a...

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