Lebanon: More than 60,000 olive trees burnt in Israeli attacks

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Published Mar 7, 2024

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Lebanon's Agriculture Minister, Abbas Hajj Hassan, has accused Israel of causing significant environmental damage in southern Lebanon through daily airstrikes since October. The attacks have allegedly resulted in the burning of over 60,000 olive trees and damage to more than 6,000 dunams of forests and agricultural lands, reportedly using internationally banned white phosphorus bombs. The airstrikes have sparked over 657 fires amid escalating border tensions and intermittent exchanges of fire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah, leading to an estimated 300 Lebanese and nearly 20 Israeli deaths.
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BEIRUT Lebanon accused Israel on Wednesday of burning more than 60,000 olive trees in airstrikes in southern Lebanon since last October. "Southern Lebanon is bombarded daily by Israel with internationally banned white phosphorus bombs,'' Agriculture Minister Abbas Hajj Hassan told a meeting at the UN headquarters in the capital Beirut. He said the Israeli airstrikes have caused over 657 fires and inflicted damage on "more than 6,000 dunams (6 square kilometers) of forests and agricultural lands." ''Over 2,000 dunams (2 square kilometers) and more than 60,000 mature olive trees were completely burned,'' he added. Tension has flared along the border between Lebanon and Israel amid intermittent exchanges of weapons fire between Israeli forces and Hezbollah, in the deadliest clashes since the two sides fought a full-scale war in 2006. The border tension comes amid an Israeli military offensive in the ...
Source: Aa
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