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Today woke up just like any other day as the traffic increased both in sound and volume in ras beirut were my family and i tried to rest our heads last night. And still rising at 8 am…it wasn’t enough. i had been awake most of the night at first responding to the dozens of emails many of you sent in concern with what’s happening here, also chatting with friends in canada, chicago boston, DC and paris. your concern is very sweet…but i will tell you that we are fine. well, here in most parts of beirut at least. with more than 50 dead and hundreds wounded we can only pray for a seece to such bullshit. last night after i was awoken by the loud ending of the american movie Ali with will smith, i turned of the television to sleep quietly only to here explosions in a far away distance. it’s disturbing especially when you have no idea where its happening. it takes the TV press at least 15 minutes to report anything of significance and i must express my disappointment with al-jazeera at 4 o’clock in the morning. CNN & Fox news of course bias to the israeli extreme. as the sun was up, too shelling had ended. But this was after they had hit another large bridge, the Dahye area again after it was already hit twice yesterday, and a southern beiruti suburb. mostly it was hard to hear that they had targeted mar makhael, a neighborhood close to where we all go out at night in ashrafieh. so during the war, beirut was split into 2 parts. the predominantly muslim western side and the predominantly christian eastern side. ashrafieh is in the east, and it is where my boyfriend George slept last night.
Now all three of three airport runways have been destroyed and they burned a majority of the oil reserves there late last night as well. we’re awaiting and expecting that the electricity will be next. with most of the bridges between beirut an the major southern city of saida also with huge holes in them….unusable.
people down there are stuck and cannot easily leave the south. on wednesday, they first had hit the electric plan in the southern most city near the border called sur where there ly many ancient ruins.
this is not anywhere near over and we hope that our downtown that has barely been visitable for 5 years now, will not soon be a target as the israeli’s have already threatened…so far they’ve been pretty good at sticking to their threats. DAMN ASSHOLES!
yesterday evening this place seemed almost as a ghost town…quiet at 6 pm and not bustling as usual. it’s hard to take a nap in some parts of beirut because it’s usually so noisy and the honking never seems to end. walking home and the AUB i felt such a desire to photographs this emptiness. George and i almost did but figured we could get stopped or questioned….that the opportunity would anyway inevitably re-arise soon.
now it’s 1 pm and we’re starting to conserve fuel which we need to run the generators, only some have, that creates energy when the electricity gets cut…that’s it for now. i’ll be sureot keep you all up to date as far as i can.

MSN chat:rayy11@hotmail.com
SKYPE: minbeirut
if you want to be in touch try one of these 2
we ask for your positivity and prayers in these difficult times.
i love you and miss being closer to safety. and thank you for all of your support!
:-)
try these for news:
general-
http://news.bbc.co.uk/
http://aljazeera.com/
http://alhurra.com/
Lebanese news sources-
http://web.naharnet.com/default.asp
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/home2.asp
http://www.lorient-lejour.com.lb/page.aspx?page=main-page – for you frenchies

salam
LOVE
Rayya

by [a former member] at 2006-07-15 06:36:55 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Beirut , Lebanon | Bookmark | | Report spam→

14 Jul 2006 00:07
Stay safe Rayya, and thanks for the report….its truly sad to know that so many innocent people will suffer and that Lebanon had come so far from 80’s. Hopefully this will not last long.

by [former member] | 15 Jul 2006 17:07 (ed. Jul 15 2006) | new orleans, United States | | Report spam→
stay safe…….staye safe…..

by [former member] | 16 Jul 2006 16:07 | Toronto (home sweet), Canada | | Report spam→
I am thankful for your report. All is quiet where I live. My wife is reading to our 8 & 10 years old boys. I am so sorry that you are having to go thru that. Life should not be “eerie”. I am thankful for my situation but aware that it can always change. Our world (&lives) are so fragile. Truly, my prayers are out to you Rayya and your loved ones and family.

by John Robert Fulton Jr. | 16 Jul 2006 16:07 | Fort Worth, Texas, United States | | Report spam→
From the news reports it sounds like the Israelis are concentrating the bombing on the Shiite suburbs where the Hezbollah were located, and that thankfully there have been no more attacks on the airports and downtown Beirut.

by [former member] | 16 Jul 2006 19:07 | new orleans, United States | | Report spam→
Rayya, Soraya and I were going to Beirut this Friday…not going anymore:(
Do take some images of the desolation if you can, and write, write, let those words fly in and out of your mind and heart.
A tear and a smile.

by [former member] | 17 Jul 2006 05:07 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
I am going to try to come in 6 months or so…….lets see what happens.

by [former member] | 19 Jul 2006 20:07 | new orleans, United States | | Report spam→

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