Lebanon: Israel wages war of starvation


Richard Moore

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Lebanon: Israel wages war of starvation
Fri Aug 4, 7:56 AM ET

Israel is waging a "war of starvation" on Lebanon's civilians in an effort to 
force the government to agree to Israel's demands, Lebanese President Emile 
Lahoud said in a statement issued Friday.

His comments came after Israeli warplanes bombed bridges and roads in Christian 
neighborhoods north of Beirut, killing five civilians and making travel between 
suburbs increasingly difficult. Missiles struck the country's main north-south 
highway ‹ its primary artery to the outside world, through Syria in the north.

"The Israeli enemy's bombing of bridges and roads is aimed at tightening the 
blockade on the Lebanese, cutting communications between them and starving 
them," Lahoud said.

He linked the new raids to Israel's failure to win quick victory in the south, 
where Israeli soldiers have been mired in ground battles with Hezbollah 
guerrillas for several days.

"Today's air raids confirm that Israel is trying to compensate for the losses of
its army in the south ... by cutting off the only coastal highway remaining to 
transport aid to displaced people and refugees and supply the country with oil 
products, foodstuffs and aid," Lahoud said.

He said new airstrikes showed Israel was trying to pressure Lebanon to accept 
its conditions for a cease-fire, which include Hezbollah's disarmament and 
ouster from a swath of south Lebanon.

Israel's bombardment aims to "impose conditions that have been rejected by 
Lebanon, which insists on an immediate cease-fire before any other step," Lahoud

"It is a war of starvation launched by Israel against Lebanon," he said. "It is 
an aggression that has exceeded Israel's declared objectives. Israel has now 
decided to destroy Lebanon."

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