The Digital Journalist
Early on the morning of July 30, Israeli warplanes struck a home in the south Lebanon foothill town of Qana, killing 28 residents – 16 of them children – who had taken refuge in its basement. By perverse coincidence, Qana was the same town where Israeli artillery had killed 108 civilians seeking refuge in a United Nations compound during an earlier Israeli incursion in south Lebanon in 1986. In response to the tragedy, dubbed the "second Qana massacre" by the Lebanese media, the Israelis announced a 48-hour suspension of offensive operations and an internal investigation into the bombing. That investigation ultimately cleared all Israeli military personnel involved of any wrongdoing, and Israeli warplanes resumed their bombing missions over south Lebanon before the 48-hour cease-fire had expired.