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The wall in South Lebanon on the outskirts of Markaba, the wall dividing Lebanon and Israel. Picture: Sonja van den Ende@ 2018, Markaba, South Lebanon
Last days tensions rose high with Hezbollah and the Zionist State of Israel. Israel as, usual provoking Hezbollah in the South, the heartland of Hezbollah.
It all started when the Irsaelian army send drones to Southern Beirut, as they say to the HQ of Hezbollah. Actually, they hit just a media building in Dahieh, close to Bourj al Baranjneh, the slums of Beirut, I often visit it, I have made some good friends there when visiting Beirout, last years, also in the South of Lebanon. Close to Bourj al Baranjneh is the Hezbollah Mausoleum for the martyrs of the 2006 war, which Hezbollah won from Israel and recently the martyrs from the war in Syria.
The Mausoleum, from Hezbollah for the fallen martyrs in the 2006 war and the Syrian war. Photo: Claudius Lucassen @ 2018
Bourj el-Barajneh Refugee Camp
The Bourj el-Barajneh Refugee Camp is located at the edge of Beirut. The Red Cross established the camp in 1948 to accommodate an influx of Palestinian refugees from present-day northern Israel. The camp was laid siege to by the Israeli army and Lebanese Christian Phalangists during 1982, after Israel invaded Lebanon earlier that year.
It (and other Palestinian Camps) was also laid siege to by Amal militia from February 1984 to February 1987 for the control of West Beirut. According to UNRWA more than 20,000 Palestinian refugees live in the camp, though originally only 10,000 were planned to live in the one square kilometer camp. After the crisis in Syria, many Syrian refugees moved to the camp, dramatically increasing its population. The camp conditions are horrible, and many deaths are recorded every year from electrocution and collapsing buildings. The camp is a distaster and the differences between the rich area, right next door is immense.
Last year (2018) I was a guest and by invitation in Lebanon, southern Lebanon, where construction of the wall between Israel and southern Lebanon has started since February 2018. That is, an initiative of Israel,