This 2006 file picture shows a burning factory in Sidon. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Twelve years after Israel's 2006 War on Lebanon, farmers and factory owners in Sidon and Tyre are still seeking state reimbursement for damages, claiming millions of dollars in losses. Over the years, several damage assessments have been carried out by the Internal Security Forces, the Lebanese Army, Hezbollah and the Council for South Lebanon."All the hard work of 25 years was wiped away in 33 days by warplanes and bombs," said Kamel Haidar, a farmer who owns groves and plasticulture farms extending over thousands of square kilometers in Tyre.His agricultural lands extend to the village of Qleileh in the far south, only 10 kilometers from the U.N.-demarcated Blue Line that divides Lebanon and Israel."We are still waiting for someone to compensate us," said Mohammad Hasan, a citrus farmer in Qleileh.The 33-day war rained down bombs on his citrus farms.A source from the Council for South Lebanon told The Daily Star that the council has presented all the necessary documents, certified by the Army, to the government via the president's office.
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