Beirut’s Southern Suburbs Rise from the Ashes of War

During the July 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, Beirut’s southern suburbs suffered heavy destruction. The Waad Foundation is nearing the completion of its reconstruction plan in which $400 million and 4,000 workers reconstructed over 270 buildings. Zainab Yaghi reports on the reconstruction and explores some of its criticisms by residents.

al-monitor A Lebanese man smokes a waterpipe as he watches earth moving equipment remove the rubble of a building which was destroyed during the conflict between Israel and Lebanon's Hizbollah, in Beirut southern suburbs, September 18, 2006. Photo by REUTERS/Jamal Saidi.

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waad, reconstruction, july 2006 war, hezbollah, hassan al-jishi, fund for the displaced, dahieh

May 11, 2012

Tomorrow [May 11, 2012], Beirut’s southern suburb of Dahieh will mark what residents there like to call the “third victory,” after the May 2000 liberation and the July 2006 war. The Waad Foundation, which is owned by [Hezbollah-run real-estate foundation] Jihad al-Bina, has completed reconstructing what was destroyed in Dahieh during the July 2006 war. Hezbollah’s secretary-general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had fought back against the “Dahieh Doctrine” — an Israeli military doctrine introduced during the 2006 war designed to break morale by targeting civilian infrastructure in asymmetric urban warfare — in a speech given on August 14, 2009. That day, he declared, “If Israel bombs Dahieh, we will bomb Tel-Aviv.”

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