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8.31.2006

The Numbers

A ceasefire in the latest Middle East conflict in Lebanon and northern Israel came into force on 14 August. During five weeks of fighting hundreds of people died and thousands were made homeless.

Here is an estimate of the impact of the crisis on Lebanon and Israel up to 14 August, 2006 (unless otherwise stated).

DEAD

Israel
116 soldiers
(Israeli Defence Force)

43 civilians
(Israeli police)

Lebanon
1,109
(Lebanese government)

28 Lebanese soldiers (not in conflict with Israelis)
(Agence France Presse, 6 August)

Hezbollah - there are no reliable figures
Israeli military estimate more than 530
Hezbollah and fellow Shia militant group Amal say 55 fighters have been killed
(Agence France Presse, 5 August)

INJURED

Israel
Serious - 32
Moderate - 44
Light - 614
Treated for shock - 1,985
(Israeli police)
Lebanon
3,697
(Lebanese government)

DISPLACED

Israel
500,000 approx (50% of population in the north of Israel)
(Human Rights Watch)
Lebanon
915,762 (approx 25% of Lebanese population)
(Lebanese government)

DAMAGE

Israel
More than 300 buildings, including houses and factories.
(Israeli police)
Lebanon
6,900 houses/apartments

900 factories, markets, farms and other commercial buildings

29 airports, ports, water- and sewage-treatment plants, dams and electrical plants

23 fuel stations

145 bridges and over-passes

600km of roads
(Lebanese government)

Environment - It is estimated that the initial clean up of a huge oil spill caused by the Israeli bombing of a power plant will cost $64m (£34m)
(UN)

ORDNANCE

Israel
3,699 Hezbollah rockets have landed in Israel
(Israeli police)
Lebanon
7,000 air strike targets hit
(Israeli military)

FINANCIAL IMPACT

Israel
70% of businesses closed in northern Israel
(Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce)

Tourism - expected to reach NIS 1bn ($230m)
(Governor, Bank of Israel)

Total cost of war (includes military spending and lost GDP) - up to NIS 23bn ($4.8bn)
(Israeli Ministry of Finance, Haaretz newspaper 13 August)

Direct and indirect damage - NIS 5 billion (US$1.1bn)
(Israeli Ministry of Finance, Haaretz newspaper 13 August)

Lebanon
Repairs to buildings and infrastructure and rebuilding expected to reach $4bn
(Lebanese government)

Tourism - Lebanon's tourist industry has been decimated. Tourist is estimated to earn Lebanon $2.5bn (£1.3bn)
(Lebanese government)

1 Comments:

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Ivan said...

Interesting.

Lots of folks think Israel no longer distinguishes the Lebanese government with Hezbollah.

Makes sense if you're blaming Hezbollah enablers. I see no reason why the government can't disarm Hezbollah except for an agreement of policy.

 

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