Yara Bayoumy
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/ 9 July 2007

Cluster bombs leave legacy of pain for Lebanese

Rasha Zayoun thought the worst of last year’s war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas was over when a ceasefire halted 34 days of fierce Israeli bombardment of south Lebanon. She was wrong. A few months ago, Zayoun (16) was sitting at home in the southern village of Maarake picking out thyme leaves from a bag her father had brought, when her finger caught on a ribbon attached to a cluster bomblet.

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/ 22 June 2007

Tense calm returns to Lebanon camp after battle

An uneasy calm settled over a Palestinian refugee camp in north Lebanon on Friday after the Lebanese army declared victory in 33 days of fighting against al-Qaeda-inspired militants. The battle for Nahr al-Bared camp in which 172 people were killed was Lebanon’s worst outbreak of internal violence since a 1975 to 1990 civil war.

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/ 25 April 2007

Iraq rapped for withholding ‘grim’ civilian toll

The United Nations accused Iraq on Wednesday of withholding sensitive civilian casualty figures because it fears they would be used to paint a ”very grim” picture of a worsening humanitarian crisis. Violence continued as a suicide attacker walked into a police station in volatile Diyala province and detonated a bomb, killing nine, police said.

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/ 13 February 2007

Lebanon bus blasts kill 11, wound 20

Eleven people were killed and about 20 wounded in two bomb blasts that wrecked minibuses near the Christian mountain town of Bikfaya north of Beirut on Tuesday. The attacks on the public buses occurred a day before the second anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

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/ 17 August 2006

Hezbollah lies low as Lebanese army moves south

Lebanese troops deployed in south Lebanon on Thursday, linking up with United Nations peacekeepers to take control of Hezbollah strongholds as Israeli forces pulled back after their 34-day war with the guerrillas. Hezbollah fighters melted away as the troops crossed the Litani River, about 20km from the Israeli border, to take over a region the army has not controlled for decades.