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BBC: Hezbollah entrenched in Lebanon years after Israel left

Posted by uscsjp on May 25, 2010

“Every day 70-year-old Abu Ali Shami looks at Israel from his olive grove. The barbed wire, which is only a metre away, reminds him of what life was like when Israeli soldiers were stationed on the Lebanese side of the barbed wire fence.

‘We were powerless,’ Abu Ali Shami says. ‘There was so much injustice, if felt like we lived in a big prison.’

Like all residents of Kfar Kila, a village on the Lebanese-Israeli border, Abu Ali Shami still remembers restrictions on travel and the climate of fear, enforced not only by the Israeli military but also their Lebanese collaborators.

‘We were so happy when they left,’ remembers Abu Ali, another villager in Kfar Kila. ‘They withdrew in the middle of the night and it felt as if we finally had our country back.’

Ten years on since the withdrawal, the UN together with the Lebanese army patrol the border area. But flapping in the breeze along the fence are yellow and green flags of Hezbollah. Waving next to them is the flag of the group’s biggest foreign backer – Iran.

It is Hezbollah that has real control over what happens in southern Lebanon and many villagers say they like the arrangement.

‘It’s the resistance, its weapons and [Hezbollah leader] Hassan Nasrallah who make us feel safe here,’ says Fawwaz Mohammed. ‘Without the resistance we could never be free’…”

–By Natalia Antelava, BBC News, south Lebanon, Tuesday, 25 May 2010

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