Chronology: Lebanon

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Chronology: Lebanon


See also, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Regional Affairs, Palestinian Affairs, Israel

2000

Apr. 19: After a Supreme Court ruling, the Israeli government released 13 of the 15 Lebanese prisoners who had been held as "bargaining chips" for missing Israeli soldiers. The remaining two, Mustafa al-Dirani and `Abd al-Karim `Obeid, members of Hizballah and the Shi'i Amal movement, respectively, continued to be held on the grounds that they allegedly posed threats to Israeli national security. [4/19 NYT, 4/20 NYT, 4/21 WP]

Apr. 28: The New York Times reported that Hizballah forces had attacked an Israeli outpost in the "security zone" in southern Lebanon, killing four South Lebanese Army (SLA) fighters and injuring three others. [4/29 NYT, WP]

May 3: In Iqlim al-Tuffah, Israeli aircraft attacked the car of Shi'i Amat movement Commander Abbas Hallal, injuring six. [5/4 NYT]

May 4: Hizballah forces launched Katyusha rockets into the northern Israeli town of Qiryat Shemona, killing one and injuring 28. [5/5 NYT, WSJ, WP]

May 5: In response to Hizballah attacks on Qiryat Shemona, Israeli aircraft launched strikes on two Lebanese power stations, near Beirut and Tripoli. Lebanese officials estimated that the attacks had caused $60 million in damages. [5/5 WSJ, WP, 5/6 NYT, FT]

May 8: General Antoine Lahd, SLA leader, offered to surrender to Lebanese authorities prior to Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon, on the condition that the government grant his SLA fighters amnesty. [5/9 FT]

May 9: Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss said that following an Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon, SLA members would not be granted amnesty, and called on SLA leader Lahd to "give himself up before asking for anything else." [5/19 MEED]

May 13: The Washington Post reported that the United States had pledged to offer $300 million to cover the cost of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon. [5/13 WP]

May 18: In southern Lebanon, clashes between Israeli soldiers and Hizballah forces injured 10, including two Israeli soldiers, two SLA fighters, one Hizballah fighter, and one UN peacekeeper. [5/19 WSJ, WP]

The New York Times reported that Israeli troops had evacuated outposts in southern Lebanon, including one at Ras Bayada, and one near the village of Jaibe. [5/18 NYT]

May 21: Hizballah forces shelled Har Dov, an Israeli outpost at the foot of Mount Hermon in the Shebaa Farms. [5/21 NYT, FT]

Hizballah shelling of an SLA post at Aramta killed three SLA fighters. [5/22 FT]

May 23: As the last remaining Israeli soldiers withdrew from southern Lebanon, six weeks ahead of the 7 July deadline, Hizballah forces began moving in to the former "security zone. …

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