Cities of the Levant

Aleppo (Halab ﺣﻠﺐ) - Syria

Amman (عمّان) - Jordan

Batroun (Al-Batrun البترون) - Lebanon

Beirut (Beyrouth بيروت) - Lebanon

Bethlehem (Beyt Lahm بيت لحم) - Palestine

Byblos (Jubayl جبيل‎) - Lebanon

Damascus (Dimashq دمشق) - Syria

Gaza (‎Gazzah غزة) - Palestine

Haifa (Hayfa حيفا‎) - Palestine

Hama (Hamah حماة) - Syria

Hebron (Al-Khalil الخليل) - Palestine

Homs (Hims حمص) - Syria

Jenin (Ginin جنين) - Palestine

Jericho (Ariha أريحا) - Palestine

Jerusalem (Al-Quds, Yerushalayim  ירושלים ,القُدس) - Palestine

Latakia (al-Ladhiqiyah اللَاذِقِيَّة) - Syria

Nablus (نابلس‎) - Palestine

Nazareth (an-Nasira النَّاصِرَة‎) - Palestine

Ramallah (رام الله) - Palestine

Sidon (Sayda صيدون‎) - Lebanon

Tripoli (Tarabulus طرابلس) - Lebanon

Tyre (Sur صور) - Lebanon

Zahle (Zahleh زحلة) - Lebanon


LEBANON. Tyre. July 2006. Marco di Lauro’s coverage of the 2006 Lebanon War. Here, aftermaths of Israeli airstrikes. All pictures: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images [Part 1]

Photograph 1: Two Lebanese civilians wait for further treatment upon arrival at the hospital. According to Hospital Officials, a family traveling in a van trying to flee the villages south of Tyre was hit by an Israeli warplane reportedly killing 13 people as well as injuring 13. July 23, 2006.

Photograph 2: 3-year-old, Nimar Ramait recovers in his hospital bed after he was injured by a bomb dropped by an Israeli war plane on a water canal where he was swimming. For a sixth day, Israel continued it’s extensive bombing of villages and the civilian population in Southern Lebanon. July 17, 2006.

Photograph 3: The bodies of the victims of the Qana Israeli air strike wrapped in plastic having been brought from Qana to the morgue. Twenty-two bodies were brought to the morgue wrapped in plastic and loaded into a refrigerator truck. The Israeli air strike killed 56 civilians of which 34 of them were children, in the worst attack since the fighting began 19 days ago. July 30, 2006.

Photograph 4: 18 year old Zahra Al-Jamira cries in shock after she realized that her face is burnt as a result of a bomb dropped by an Israeli warplane. For a seventh day, Israel continued its extensive bombing of villages and the civilian population in Southern Lebanon. July 18, 2006.

The 2006 Lebanon War, also called the 2006 Israel–Hezbollah War was a 34-day military conflict in Lebanon, Northern Israel and the Golan Heights. The principal parties were Hezbollah paramilitary forces and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). The conflict is believed to have killed between 1,191 and 1,300 Lebanese people (mostly civilians), and 165 Israelis (including 44 civilians). It severely damaged Lebanese civil infrastructure, and displaced approximately one million Lebanese and 300,000–500,000 Israelis.

Various groups and individuals accused both Israel and Hezbollah of violations of these laws during the conflict, and warned of possible war crimes. These allegations included intentional attacks on civilian populations or infrastructure, disproportionate or indiscriminate attacks, the use of human shields, and the use of prohibited weapons. 

No formal charges have been filed against either group.  

Greek Silver Shekel from Tyre, Phoenicia c. 425-394 BC

This coin, struck under an uncertain king, shows Melkart holding a bow and reigns while riding a hippocamp with a dolphin swimming in the waves below. The reverse shows an owl in front of a crook and flail.

Melkart or Melqart was the tutelary god of Tyre. Melqart was often titled Ba‘l Sūr  meaning “Lord of Tyre”, and considered to be the ancestor of the Tyrian royal family. In Greek, by interpretatio graeca, he was identified with Heracles and referred to as the Tyrian Herakles. As Tyrian trade and colonization expanded, Melqart became venerated in Phoenician and Punic cultures from Syria to Spain.