Monday, August 14, 2006

Cautious hope as ceasefire begins

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Cautious hope as ceasefire begins: "Reuters reported that thousands of cars were queuing on a bomb-damaged road leading south from the port city of Sidon. Drivers hooted their horns, gave victory salutes and showed pictures of the Hizbullah leader, Hassan Nasrallah.

'Since day one, the resistance [Hizbillah] told us that it will get us back our homes, and now it has delivered on its promise,' one woman told Reuters. 'Thank you, Hassan Nasrallah.'

'I'm going to make sure my house is okay,' Adel Abbas, from a village near Tyre, told Reuters. 'If Israel sticks to its word and continues to stick to the ceasefire, I'll take my family back home later today.'

However, Lebanese government officials warned people against returning to their homes until army engineers had swept the area for unexploded weapons.

Officials said at least one child and 15 adults had been killed by artillery or bombs that went off as they began returning home.

In southern Beirut, air strikes continued until 15 minutes before the deadline, with warplanes destroying an antenna belonging to Hizbullah's al-Manar television station."

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