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by Pierre Chiartano. Beirut. Down the South of Lebanon there are two cities called Naquoura and Aytarun, however it may be better to see them as hamlets. People there have a shared mission: to survive. The story of those two settlements helps to understand what is happening in this Middle Eastern powder keg. It’s a crossroad of interests that is linked just partly with the Lebanese scenario. The first village lies on the coast near the border with Israel, two hours drive from Beirut. You can find the second one by climbing 24 miles east, from the city Tiro, rising on the plateau of the Syrian anti-Lebanon zone?, with the snowy peaks visible on the north side and Bekaa Valley on the other. Aytarun has the wounds of the Thirty Days War, in 2006, when Tsahal, the Israeli army, ended the launch of the Kassam rockets against its territory. Salim Mourad is the mayor of this little city on the plateau, reminiscent of Italy’s southern highlands. He is 41 years old and has five children. He is an hard-liner. Salim is a member of the God’s Party – Hezbollah. A few miles westbound from Aytorun, there is a village called Bint Jebeil , better known as Hezbolland capital. There are many bottle neck- like valleys around. A place where Israel defence force lost 12 Merkava armoured tanks and began to think that Hezbollah was more an actual threat than just an Iranian missiles menace. As stressed in the report commissioned by Israel’s government and by gen. Jakob Amidror (Israelis military intelligence officer of the Aman); Hezbollah has advanced Rpg-29 anti-tank weapons, night-vision ability and is in possession of multiple military equipment. For example; the Cornet missile that easily penetrates Merkava armoured protection. The “cleaning out” of site militia wasn’t so easy as planned… (to be continued)
… (to be continued).