On arrival in Saida, on the road where vendors selling vegetables and trinkets "made in China" are gathered, a new road sign has been installed. Promising, it reads "Jerusalem, 199 km", as if the Holy City were at the end of the road.
In reality, the traffic is more in the opposite direction: 55,000 Lebanese have fled southern Lebanon since the start of the Gaza war on October 7 and Hezbollah opened a secondary front on the demarcation line that separates Lebanon from Israel. "The villages in the border strip are almost empty," said Hussein Ayoub, editor-in-chief of the 180 news website, from the border village of Ainata, where members of his family were killed when Israeli shelling was fired at a civilian vehicle.
Before the truce between Hamas and Israel, there were daily clashes on the Lebanese border, raising fears that the entire country could topple over. "Lebanon is on the brink of war," warned Jean-Yves...
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