Lebanon Nearing the Point of No Return

A nightmarish monthlong bombardment reduces Beirut to chaos

The terror arrives with the sound of rolling thunder and the flash of perpetual lightning. Hour after hour, petrified families huddle in basements and stairwells as booming howitzers rain shells over the city. For the 1.2 million residents of Beirut, the past month has been a living hell. Rival militias have relentlessly pounded the Muslim and Christian halves of Beirut, with shells tearing into houses, apartment buildings, schools and even hospitals. Ambulances careen through deserted streets scooping up bodies sliced by shrapnel. During early-morning lulls, men scurry out to buy increasingly scarce bread and bottled water. Then they stop at pharmacies...

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