Forty-four days into the war in Gaza and the clashes in Southern Lebanon between Hezbollah and Israel, governmental statistics have revealed the extent of the damage inflicted on the South. Prepared by the caretaker Minister of Environment Nasser Yassin, the study not only exposes the magnitude of the destruction but also highlights the relief efforts and aid provided to the displaced by various ministries, administrations and partner international organizations. Its key findings are as follows:
– The governorates of the South and Nabatieh were targeted with 722 shells and airstrikes.
– 5.1 million square meters were ravaged by fires.
– 96 lives were lost.
– 46,325 individuals were displaced from their homes.
– 1,062, or 2.3%, of these displaced found refuge in shelter centers.
– 57% of the displaced moved to cities and towns within the South and Nabatieh.
– While the aid system has been activated, reaching the majority of displaced individuals in their homes requires a heightened and concerted effort.
In the latest field developments and despite the severe weather conditions, Hezbollah initiated early Monday morning its operations by attacking “the Brannit outpost in Galilee, which serves as the headquarters of Division 91, with Volcano rockets.”
Meanwhile, the Israeli army radio reported mortar shells being launched at an Israeli site on the border with Lebanon, stating that the Israeli army is responding by targeting the source of the fire.
The Israeli army launched artillery bombardments early Monday morning targeting the vicinity of the towns of Naqoura, Yaroun and Mount Labbouneh. Alarm sirens resonated from Israeli outposts opposite the town of Rmeish.
The fighting persisted throughout Sunday, with the Israeli army maintaining a constant bombardment of the areas surrounding villages in Southern Lebanon.