Images of Lebanese children killed by Israeli missiles, like the one shown at right, were being broadcast almost nonstop on all Arab-language satellite channels on Sunday. The pictures have splashed gasoline on the flames of international outrage directed not only at Israel but also at America, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan—all of which in effect condoned Israel’s actions at the start of the hostilities.
Update: Israel said it bombed Qana because “it was a base for hundreds of rockets launched at Israel, including 40 that injured five Israelis on Sunday. Israel said it had warned civilians several days before to leave the village. ... “Hezbollah is using their own civilian population as human shields,” said Israeli Foreign Ministry official Gideon Meir.”,” said Israeli Foreign Ministry official Gideon Meir.”
DAMASCUS, Syria, July 30 ? The images of the dead children in southern Lebanon played across the television screens on Sunday over and over again ? small and caked in dirt and as lifeless as rag dolls as rescuers hauled them from the wreckage of several residential buildings pulverized hours earlier by the Israeli Air Force.
The images were broadcast on all of the Arab-language satellite channels, but it was the most popular station, Al Jazeera, that made the starkest point. For several hours after rescuers reached Qana, Lebanon, the station took its anchors off the air and just continuously played images of the little bodies there.
?This is the new Middle East,? one report from the shattered town began, making a sarcastic reference to a phrase Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice uttered last week when visiting Beirut and rejecting calls for an immediate cease-fire. American weapons caused the deaths, the report said. Village men were seen weeping over the children as they were laid out under blankets in front of damaged buildings.
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Lebanese Red Cross and civil defense workers carry the body of a child covered in dust from the rubble of his home, which was hit in an Israeli missile strike in the village of Qana, east of the port city of Tyre, Lebanon, on Sunday, July 30. Lebanese Red Cross officials said 56 people died in the Israeli assault on the village, including 34 children.