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ICC Note: Hezbollah’s army is using Christians as human shields, and killing the Christians who try to escape. They don’t value the lives of Christians so it is not a problem to have them die for a cause they don’t even believe in.

Hezbollah Uses Christian Villages As Shields in Missile Attacks

8/9/2006 Hezbollah (AINA) — According to Christian Solidarity International, Hezbollah is hiding among civilian populations, mostly in southern Lebanese towns, such as Ain Ebel, Rmeish, and Alma Alshaab.

Launching attacks behind human shields is in violation of the Geneva Convention’s provision for the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts, which prohibits the use of civilians as military shields.

A Christian from the village of Ain Ebel , who requested to remain nameless for fear of a reprisal from Hezbollah, reported that he found Hezbollah fighters setting up a launcher on his rooftop. Hezbollah fighters ignored his pleas to stop and fired the missiles. He immediately gathered his family and fled his home, which was bombed 15 minutes later by an Israeli air strike.

Hezbollah has also attempted to stop Christians from fleeing their villages. According to Christian Solidarity International, Hezbollah fighters fired upon several Christians fleeing Rmeish with their families, wounding two.

Sami El-Khoury, president of the World Maronite Union, adds that media reports about Christian support for Hezbollah are inaccurate.

“Contrary to Western press reports, indicating high percentages of Christian support for Hezbollah, 90 percent of Christians, 80 percent of Sunni and 40 percent of Shiites in Lebanon oppose Hezbollah,” El-Khoury told Christian Solidarity International.

Hezbollah has been the ruling power in the south since Israel withdrew from Lebanon six years ago. Christian villages suffer from extensive neglect of infrastructure under Hezbollah rule. Once the majority, the Christian population in Lebanon has declined to under 40 percent due to pressures by Islamic militias supported by Iran and Syria .

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