The images, obtained exclusively by the Sunday Herald Sun, show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons.
Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon.
The photographs, from the Christian area of Wadi Chahrour in the east of Beirut, were taken by a visiting journalist and smuggled out by a friend.
Not that this is anything new, of course. But check out the site for a few pics.
The images include one of a group of men and youths preparing to fire an anti-aircraft gun metres from an apartment block with sheets hanging out on a balcony to dry.
Others show a militant with AK47 rifle guarding no-go zones after Israeli blitzes.
Another depicts the remnants of a Hezbollah Katyusha rocket in the middle of a residential block blown up in an Israeli air attack.
The Melbourne man who smuggled the shots out of Beirut and did not wish to be named said he was less than 400m from the block when it was obliterated.
“Hezbollah came in to launch their rockets, then within minutes the area was blasted by Israeli jets,” he said.
“Until the Hezbollah fighters arrived, it had not been touched by the Israelis. Then it was totally devastated.
Meanwhile, here’s the current MSNBC.com front page:
Hard to imagine how civilians, including children, could possibly be in the line of fire, isn’t it?
Here’s the story on MSNBC.com:
“Israel says“. That’s been the headline all along. “Israel says” this and “Israel says” that.
Here’s something else Israel said:
Israel said it had warned civilians several days before to leave the village.
In the story, a man of unidentified race or religion (I’m sure his name, Mohammed Ismail, is purely coincidental) thinks the Israelis are intentionally targeting children:
“They are hitting children to bring the fighters to their knees,” he said.
Lebanon and the rest of the world besides Israel and the US are pushing for an immediate cease-fire. The US and Israel insist upon a meaningful settlement that, well, settles things.
Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr questioned Israel’s claim that Hezbollah fired rockets from the village. “What do you expect Israel to say? Will it say that it killed 40 children and women?” he told Al-Jazeera television.
This underscores why an immediate cease-fire which addresses none of the issues is worthwhile. The Defense Minister whose military forces were responsible for making sure that Hezbollah didn’t threaten Israel appears to be ignorant.
The fighting will continue for some time. At this point there seems to be no reason to change course.