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    Hezbollah uses Christian villages as shields in missile attacks Washington DC, Aug. 03, 2006 (CNA) - Recent reports indicate that Hezbollah is using Christian
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      Hezbollah uses Christian villages as shields in missile attacks

      Washington DC, Aug. 03, 2006 (CNA) - Recent reports indicate that
      Hezbollah is using Christian villages to shield its attacks against
      Israel.

      According to Christian Solidarity International, Hezbollah is hiding
      among civilian populations, mostly in southern Lebanese towns, such
      as Ain Ebel, Rmeish, Alma Alshaab.

      Launching attacks behind human shields is in violation of the Geneva
      Convention's provision for the Protection of Victims of International
      Armed Conflicts, which prohibits the use of civilians as military
      shields.

      This is not a new strategy for Hezbollah. Col. Charbel Barka, a
      former South Lebanese Army commander, says Hezbollah is repeating
      what it did in attacks against Israel in 1996.

      A Christian from the village of Ain Ebel, who requested to remain
      nameless for fear of a reprisal from Hezbollah, reported that he
      found Hezbollah fighters setting up a launcher on his rooftop.
      Hezbollah fighters ignored his pleas to stop and fired the missiles.
      He immediately gathered his family and fled his home, which was
      bombed 15 minutes later by an Israeli air strike.

      Hezbollah has also attempted to stop Christians from fleeing their
      villages. According to Christian Solidarity International, on July
      28, Hezbollah fighters fired upon several Christians fleeing Rmeish
      with their families, wounding two.

      Sami El-Khoury, president of the World Maronite Union, adds that
      media reports about Christian support for Hezbollah are inaccurate.

      "Contrary to Western press reports, indicating high percentages of
      Christian support for Hezbollah, 90 percent of Christians, 80 percent
      of Sunni and 40 percent of Shiites in Lebanon oppose Hezbollah," El-
      Khoury told Christian Solidarity International.

      Christian Solidarity International has called for the United Nations
      to establish a politically independent commission to investigate
      Hezbollah's contravention of international law. The group has also
      urged the UN Security Council to deploy immediately an international
      force in Lebanon to facilitate a ceasefire, to stop the flow of arms
      from Syria to Hezbollah, and to assist the Lebanese government in
      fulfilling its obligation to disarm Hezbollah.

      Hezbollah has been the ruling power in the south since Israel
      withdrew from Lebanon six years ago. Christian villages suffer from
      extensive neglect of infrastructure under Hezbollah rule. Once the
      majority, the Christian population in Lebanon has declined to under
      40 percent due to pressures by Islamic militias supported by Iran and
      Syria.

      Israel hitting Christian heartland:
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14163530/
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