The Lebanese people have started on the long task of rebuilding a country shattered by 19 months of civil war.
The Lebanese people have started on the long task of rebuilding a country shattered by 19 months of civil war. The presence of an Arab League peace-keeping force in most of the country has allowed the population to forget about defending themselves and start reconstruction work on damaged and destroyed buildings.
SYNOPSIS: In the capital, Beirut, the commercial centre of the city is again starting to flourish as merchants and shopkeepers feel it safe to return to their normal occupations. It's been estimated that three-quarters of the city's commercial centre has been rendered structurally unsound, or has been sufficiently damaged by shell-fire and burning to warrant rebuilding. There's no fighting in the city now, but the evidence of the bitter conflict is still there.
The port area of Beirut also suffered badly in the fighting and losses to warehouses, facilities and goods are estimated at about 100 million u.s. dollars (about GBP 60 million Sterling)
The new Prime Minister of Lebanon, Dr. Selim al-Hoss, said recently that both Egypt and Libya had expressed willingness to help rebuild Lebanon. Dr. al-Hoss said Egyptian Premier Mamdouh Salem promised Egyptian help to Lebanon in dealing with its social and economic problems. Libyan leader Colonel Muammar
Gaddafi was willing to participate in any joint Arab effort to rebuild the country, he said.
However, while peace has return to most areas, there have been further clashed between right-and left-wing forces in the south of the country near the border with Israel. Arab peace-keeping forces have not yet divide the opposing forces in these areas.