BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon's prime minister said Wednesday that 300 people have been killed, 1,000 have been wounded and a half-million displaced in
Israel's week-old onslaught on Lebanon.
Speaking to a gathering of foreign ambassadors, Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said he would seek compensation from Israel for the "unimaginable losses" to the nation's infrastructure.
He also made an urgent appeal for an end to the fighting, saying Lebanon "has been torn to shreds."
"Is the value of human life in Lebanon less than that of the citizens of other countries?" he asked.
In a swipe at the international community, particularly the United States, which said Israel was acting in self-defense, Saniora asked: "Is this what the international community calls self defense? Is this the price we pay for aspiring to build our democratic institutions?"
"Can the international community stand by while such callous retribution by the State of Israel is inflicted on us?" he added.
"We will spare no avenue to make Israel compensate the Lebanese people for the barbaric destruction" inflicted on the country, he told the gathering, which included U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman.
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The Lebanese Prime Minister has said that he will seek reparations for the damage caused by Israel in their attack on the terrorist organization Hezbollah. This must be a joke because I have been laughing the whole way threw the story. Let me see if I get this right, Lebanon has not yet restrained Hezbollah or deterred them from taking any action against Israel and than Israel is just suppose to take the attacks on its country and people without doing anything? Israel has rightly and justly attacked Hezbollah and its ability to wage any effective terrorist campaign against it. If Lebanon had done its job and enforced laws and didn’t give Hezbollah free reign, Israel would not have had to make such an attack to defend its people. There are hundreds of thousands of people who want to destroy that country and every Jewish person around the world. It would not stop there as they would have you believe, no, they will try to subjugate everyone who will not fall to Islamic rule and of this you can be assured.