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July 30, 2006

Yes, Hezbollah Does Use Civilians To Shield Their Attacks

I keep hearing by email from my old troll, Ken, about how Israel is intentionally attacking innocent civilians and that it is a lie that Hezbollah is attacking from within civilian neighborhoods.

I'm willing to bet that photographic evidence to the contrary won't convince him, but it may have an effect on rational people.

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THIS is the picture that damns Hezbollah. It is one of several, smuggled from behind Lebanon's battle lines, showing that Hezbollah is waging war amid suburbia.

The images, obtained exclusively by the Sunday Herald Sun, show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons.

Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon.

The photographs, from the Christian area of Wadi Chahrour in the east of Beirut, were taken by a visiting journalist and smuggled out by a friend.

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The article also mentions additional photos not available from the website at this time. I'll keep checking to see if I can get them elsewhere.

Another depicts the remnants of a Hezbollah Katyusha rocket in the middle of a residential block blown up in an Israeli air attack.

The Melbourne man who smuggled the shots out of Beirut and did not wish to be named said he was less than 400m from the block when it was obliterated.

"Hezbollah came in to launch their rockets, then within minutes the area was blasted by Israeli jets," he said.

"Until the Hezbollah fighters arrived, it had not been touched by the Israelis. Then it was totally devastated.

"It was carnage. Two innocent people died in that incident, but it was so lucky it was not more."

The release of the images comes as Hezbollah faces criticism for allegedly using innocent civilians as "human shields".

What's more, even officials from the UN -- an organization which rarely has anything good to say about Israel and which rarely speaks out against the jihadis who attack it -- have spoken out against the Hezbollah practice of hiding among civilians.

Mr Egeland [Jan Egeland, United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator] blasted Hezbollah as "cowards" for operating among civilians.

"When I was in Lebanon, in the Hezbollah heartland, I said Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending in among women and children," he said.

So let's make it clear -- these allegations against Hezbollah are not "Zionist lies and propaganda to justify the murder of civilians by Israel", but are instead documented facts that clearly lay the responsibility for civilian casualties at the feet of the cowardly jihadi terrorists.

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