So for the past 2 days, since the Huzballah kidnapping of the isareli soldiers, things have been very unstable in Lebanon. I have been hearing the breaking news at CNN, and communication with my parents has been flaky at best.
Apparently, cell phone towers have been bombed, and the one of the main power plants has been bombed. My parents told me this morning, that the whole country is without electricity.
I tried to call them over skype this morning, and I was only able to get about 5 seconds worth of talk before I got cut off. Apparently, incoming calls to Lebanon are virtually impossible at this time. They had to call me back in order for us to be able to talk.
Unfortunately, they are expecting things to get worse. I am unsure whether communication over landline, or email will be even possible over the next few days. People in Beirut, and my family are starting to evacuate the city, but since there’s no outlet outside of the country, everyone is moving up to the mountains, in case Israel decide to start bombing Beirut suburbs, which sort of started in a way:
The airport has been bombed 3 times now, and is now completely unusable, the road to damascus has also been bombed and blocked, and the Israeli naval forces are blocking all sea ports. currently, the only open road out of the country is up north to Syria. Expectations are that this road will also be bombed to get blocked.
My parents have been stocking up on food, gas for the generators and some other reserves in case they get stuck with no resources.
I will try to keep this blog updated as I hear more from my parents. I know things are on CNN, but I might have some more details on things that are not in the news, when I hear directly from my parents.
Meanwhile, here’s an email I received from my dad this morning, as a personal account of what they’re going through….
As for the situation today, it is getting worse than yesterday especially in Dahyeh where they bombarded all the main road and bridges that lead there, and they are telling all the people to leave their homes who live near the Hizbullah offices, and I am afraid they will be bombing those offices. They already threatened Hassan Nasrallah the Hizbullah leader that they want his head dead or alive!!… they also bombarded the roads leading to Bekaa and the south including the new bridge in Sowfar and Mdayrej. They also bombed the remaining parts of the runway of the airport, and the fuel tanks there… and now they started bombing all cell phone antennas… you can hear the roaring of the aircrafts all day !!
In east side of Beirut, it is very calm so far, but people are in line at the gas stations and bakeries as it was the situation during the war… Micha and Pat are still staying with us as they are afraid that they might come to bomb Bsalim power station which is very close to their home…
[...]… but you should see the tourists yesterday running away towards Syria as the airport was bombarded, and Israel threatened to bombard the Damascus road (which they did this morning), , and most of the Arabs have their cars with them… about 12000 tourists left in one day and the hotels which was books by 108% two days ago became totally empty today !!
Finally, now the Israelis started throwing leaflets that they will soon bombard the bridges of Barbir and Charles Helou (which leads the way to Hamra)… so it seems it is getting closer to Achrafieh!!
I should close now as I have to go down to Zalfa and probably I should be going home as things might get more serious…