Thread: Leaflets: Will they help?
11-23-2005, 03:52 AM #1
Leaflets: Will they help?
I hope so, for the sake of both nations.
IAF planes drop anti-Hezbollah leaflets over Beirut
Israel Air Forces planes dropped thousands of leaflets denouncing Hezbollah guerrillas over the Lebanese capital of Beirut and its suburbs early Wednesday, two days after some of the worst border clashes in southern Lebanon in several years.
Lebanese security officials said the roar of jets was heard over the city before dawn after which thousands of leaflets were dropped. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the press.
"To the Lebanese citizens, who protects Lebanon?" read the small paper leaflet written in Arabic. "Who is lying to you? Who is sending your children to a battle they are not ready for? Who wishes the return of the destruction? Who is the tool in the hand of his Syrian and Iranian masters?"
Then in bold letters, it said: "Hezbollah is causing enormous harm to Lebanon," adding that Israel was determined to protect its citizens.
The note was signed "The State of Israel."
In Jerusalem, the IDF confirmed that its planes had dropped the leaflets over Beirut and its suburbs. It was the first time in many years that Israeli planes dropped leaflets over the Lebanese capital.
Hezbollah released video footage on Tuesday documenting Monday's fighting in Ghajar, in which four militants were killed while attempting to kidnap an Israel Defense Forces soldier. The video footage shows rockets hitting a number of IDF vehicles, and smoke rising from them. The group claims that it succeeded in hitting IDF posts and destroying Israeli armored personnel carriers.
Monday's attacks were the heaviest Hezbollah has carried out since the IDF withdrew from south Lebanon five years ago. The militant group fired a heavy barrage of rockets and missiles at IDF positions along the border area, prompting Israeli retaliation with warplanes and artillery. Eleven Israelis - seven soldiers and four civilians - were wounded in the clashes.
The Lebanese government indirectly asked Israel to halt attacks on the northern border, IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said Tuesday. According to Halutz, by doing so, the Lebanese government admitted that it is responsible for the events on the northern border.
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