An Israeli soldier bears the blast from a mobile
artillery unit firing into southern Lebanon as he waits to reload the next
round from a position on the Lebanese border Tuesday, August 8, 2006. Israel
maintained pressure on Hezbollah positions with artillery and airstrikes in
support of its ground forces, one month into the conflict.
"Seeds of Wrath"
For over one month Israel pounded southern Lebanon
with artillery and air-strikes as Hezbollah fighters poured hundreds of
Katyusha rockets over northern Israel. By the time the cease-fire agreement
was in place nothing had been gained aside from massive civilian casualties
and extensive destruction of civilian infrastructure. Hezbollah had gained
favor in the Arab world for having stood up to the Middle East's military
behemoth. The captured Israeli soldiers, the apparent flashpoint for the
conflict, were never recovered.