Timeline of the 2006 Lebanon War (September–October)

Last updated

This is a timeline of the 2006 Lebanon War during September.


September 2

United Nations
  • Kofi Annan held talks about the Lebanon truce and the nuclear standoff with senior Iranian officials, including Manouchehr Mottaki, Iran's foreign minister. After the talks, in reference to UN resolution 1701, UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said: "He [Mottaki] concluded by saying that we can count on his full co-operation." Resolution 1701 drew up the terms for the ceasefire, including expanding an existing UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon and calling for an arms embargo on Hezbollah. [1]
  • Iran funded and armed Hezbollah in the 1980s although it now says its support is primarily moral and political. But Iran is still widely believed to be the main arms supplier for the Lebanese group. Annan raised the arms embargo issue with Mottaki during his talks, Fawzi said, but did not give further details. Fawzi said Ahmadinejad had told Annan in telephone talks prior to the visit that Iran had reservations about some articles of the resolution but had also said Iran would co-operate in its implementation. Hamid Reza Asefi, spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry, did not say if Iran had offered to co-operate over the Lebanon resolution when he was asked about the issue at a news conference. "We told Mr Annan about our stance. We said that it is a Lebanese resolution which needs a Lebanese solution and the Lebanese groups should reach unanimity on that," he said. Asked if Annan had raised the arms embargo issue, he said: "Mr Annan never said that we sent any weapons. The weapons are being sent by America to Israel and that should be stopped." [1]

September 3

  • Hezbollah is not a headache for Israel alone. The Shiite extremist group poses an equally daunting challenge to the Sunni Arab regimes in the Middle East. For behind Hezbollah's perceived heroics in the Lebanon war sits Shiite Iran, with its claim to great-power status. If unchallenged, the Iran-Hezbollah axis of power will end the millenniums-old Sunni Arab domination of the Middle East. No surprise then that Sunni rulers and radical clerics reacted viscerally to Hezbollah's perceived victory in the Lebanon war. But Riyadh's and Amman's denunciations of Shiite rulers and extremist groups, coupled with a flurry of anti-Hezbollah fatwas by radical Sunni clerics, have not diverted the admiring gaze of Arabs everywhere toward Hezbollah. Reversing this situation will not be easy, especially when Hezbollah's yellow flag and pictures of its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, are ubiquitous on the Arab street. But the Lebanon war has turned Hezbollah and Iran into regional power brokers and custodians of the Palestinian cause. U.S. allies in the region – Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt – now count for far less than its enemies. Anger on the Arab street threatens them, and where Sunni regimes rule over Shiite populations – Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf emirates – rising sectarian tensions could be destabilizing. [2]
United Nations

September 4

United States
  • U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson on September 4, 2006 met with Hezbollah officials in Lebanon and called on them to show proof that two captured Israel soldiers are still alive. He said such a move could jump-start negotiations that might lead to the soldiers' release. Jackson said there were indications the two soldiers captured July 12, 2006 were alive, and said their continued detention is "becoming a magnet to attract a second round" of war. [3]

September 6

  • German airport security experts had arrived at Beirut International Airport and were to supervise all incoming cargo using special equipment, Mire Eisin said. A German naval force is projected to enforce the arms embargo from the sea in about two weeks. Until then, Italian, French, British and Greek naval ships are to patrol the Lebanese waters. [4]

September 7

  • Israel said that even though it is lifting its air and sea blockade on Lebanon, it reserves the "right of self-defence" to stop the militant Shiite Hezbollah from rearming via the border with Syria. "We don't see the end of the aerial and naval blockade as the end of our right to implement the embargo on the land border," a senior aide to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said. Israel is demanding the deployment of international forces at the nine border crossings along Lebanon's 330-kilometre-long border with Syria, which constitutes the main weapons supply line to Hezbollah from Syria and Iran, Mire Eisin told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. "This is something that hasn't yet been resolved," she said. Eisin said that by agreeing to lift the sea and air blockade on Lebanon at 6 p.m. (1500 GMT), Israel was implementing its side of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, "with the full expectation that the Lebanese government and the international forces will fully implement the arms embargo (against Hezbollah) both by the sea and by the air." [4]

September 9


September 13


September 18

  • Azmi Bishara, head of the Balad party, asked if he had inquired after the fate of the kidnapped IDF soldiers while he was in Syria, said that he not. His explanation: "Official contacts are already underway, and we had no way of reaching the relevant authorities." [7]

October 22

  • A 12-year-old boy was killed by an Israeli cluster bomb. [8]

October 23

  • Women in southern Lebanon wept at the graves of loved ones killed in the Israel-Hezbollah war, at the start of a major holiday marking the end of Ramadan. In the bombed-out villages of southern Lebanon, the mood was morbid and the festivities subdued. There is only sadness and desperation and fear for the future. Many Lebanese gathered in cemeteries to pay their respects to the more than 855 Lebanese who were killed during the 34-day war, most of them civilians. In Beirut, many Lebanese left mosques after morning prayers and went to the grave of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was killed in a February 2005 car bombing that continues to haunt the country as U.N. investigators pursue the perpetrators. Celebrations in the southern village of Halta were replaced with the funeral of a 12-year-old boy who was killed October 22, 2006 by an Israeli cluster bomb. U.N. demining experts say about 1 million cluster bombs failed to explode when Israel dropped them during the war summer 2006. As if to underscore the tensions, Lebanese security officials said Israeli warplanes conducted overflights October 23, 2006 as far north as the outskirts of Beirut a rare occurrence since a U.N.-brokered cease-fire halted the fighting August 14, 2006. Shiite and Muslim clergymen across Lebanon said they would not be receiving celebratory greetings at their homes or offices this year because of the Israeli-Hezbollah war and the violence in Iraq and the Palestinian territories. Lebanon's most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Sheik Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, warned worshippers in his sermon of the perils facing the Arab world as a result of the "rising international campaign against Islam.". The spiritual leader of Lebanon's Sunnis, the Grand Mufti Sheik Mohammed Rashid Kabbani, urged national unity and an end to the divisions that have plagued Lebanon. [8]
United Nations

October 24


Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hezbollah</span> Lebanese Shia Islamist political party and militant group

Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shia Islamist political party and militant group, led since 1992 by its Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Hezbollah's paramilitary wing is the Jihad Council, and its political wing is the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc party in the Lebanese Parliament.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hassan Nasrallah</span> Secretary-General of Hezbollah since 1992

Hassan Nasrallah (Arabic: حسن نصر الله [ħasan nasˤrɑɫɫɑh]; born 31 August 1960) is a Lebanese cleric and political leader who has served as the 3rd secretary-general of Hezbollah since his predecessor, Abbas al-Musawi, was assassinated by the Israel Defense Forces in February 1992.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon</span> 1978 UN-NATO peacekeeping mission following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, is a UN peacekeeping mission established on 19 March 1978 by United Nations Security Council Resolutions 425 and 426, to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon which Israel had invaded five days prior, in order to ensure that the government of Lebanon would restore its effective authority in the area. The 1978 South Lebanon conflict came in the context of Palestinian insurgency in South Lebanon and the Lebanese Civil War.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Al-Manar</span> Lebanese television station affiliated with Hezbollah

Al-Manar is a Lebanese satellite television station owned and operated by the political party Hezbollah, broadcasting from Beirut, Lebanon. The channel was launched on 4 June 1991 and it is a member of the Arab States Broadcasting Union.

Reactions to the 2006 Lebanon War came from states on all continents, supranational bodies, individuals and international NGOs, as well as political lobbyists in the United States.

This is a timeline of events related to the 2006 Lebanon War.

Military operations of the 2006 Lebanon War refer to armed engagements initiated by Israel and Lebanese Hezbollah during the 2006 conflict.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Israeli–Lebanese conflict</span> Clashes involving Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Hezbollah and the PLO

The Israeli–Lebanese conflict, or the South Lebanon conflict, is a series of military clashes involving Israel, Lebanon and Syria, the Palestine Liberation Organization, as well as various militias acting from within Lebanon. The conflict peaked in the 1980s, during the Lebanese Civil War, and has abated since.

Foreign involvement in the 2006 Lebanon War refers to the supply of military aid to combatants during the course of the 2006 Lebanon War, which has been an important aspect of both the hostilities and the diplomatic wrangling surrounding them, including figuring prominently into UN Security Council resolutions on the topic.

The ceasefire attempts during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict started immediately, with Lebanon calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire already the day after the start of the hostilities. Israel, however, strongly backed by the United States and the United Kingdom, insisted that there could be no ceasefire until Hezbollah's militia had been disarmed or removed from southern Lebanon. The United Nations Security Council held meetings throughout the conflict but failed to agree on a ceasefire resolution.

There have been many casualties in the 2006 Lebanon War, leading to condemnation of both sides, however the exact distribution of casualties has been disputed. The Lebanese Higher Relief Council (HRC), UNICEF, and various press agencies and news organizations have stated that most of those killed were Lebanese civilians, however the Lebanese government does not differentiate between civilians and combatants in death toll figures. The Israeli government identified 43 Israeli civilians killed by Hezbollah rocket attacks, including four who died of heart attacks during rocket attacks. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) death toll ranges from 118 to 121, depending on the source and whether or not casualties that occurred after the ceasefire are included. The figures for the Hezbollah fighters killed are the most varying, with Hezbollah claiming 250 of its fighters killed, while Israel claimed to have identified 530 dead Hezbollah fighters. The IDF estimates 600–700 dead Hezbollah fighters. Sources can be conflicting.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2006 Hezbollah cross-border raid</span> Attack in the 2006 Lebanon War

The 2006 Hezbollah cross-border raid was a cross-border attack carried out by Lebanon-based Hezbollah militants on an Israeli military patrol on 12 July 2006 on Israeli territory.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2006 Lebanon War</span> Armed conflict primarily between Israel and Hezbollah

The 2006 Lebanon War, also called the 2006 Israel–Hezbollah War and known in Lebanon as the July War and in Israel as the Second Lebanon War, was a 34-day military conflict in Lebanon, northern Israel and the Golan Heights. The principal parties were Hezbollah paramilitary forces and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The conflict started on 12 July 2006, and continued until a United Nations-brokered ceasefire went into effect in the morning on 14 August 2006, though it formally ended on 8 September 2006 when Israel lifted its naval blockade of Lebanon. Due to unprecedented Iranian military support to Hezbollah before and during the war, some consider it the first round of the Iran–Israel proxy conflict, rather than a continuation of the Arab–Israeli conflict.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 is a resolution that was intended to resolve the 2006 Lebanon War.

This is a timeline of the 2006 Lebanon War during the month of July.

This is a timeline of the 2006 Lebanon War during early August.

Hezbollah has a Foreign Relations Unit and maintains relations with a number of foreign countries and entities. These are particularly Shia states, but also Sunni groups like those affiliated with the Palestinian cause; and the group is also suggested to have operations outside the Middle East in places such as Latin America and North Korea.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2006–2008 Lebanese protests</span> Series of political protests in Lebanon

The 2006–2008 Lebanese protests were a series of political protests and sit-ins in Lebanon that began on 1 December 2006, led by groups that opposed the US and Saudi-backed government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and ended on 21 May 2008 with the signing of the Doha Agreement. The opposition was made up of Hezbollah, Amal, and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM); a number of smaller parties were also involved, including the Marada party, the Lebanese Communist Party and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party. A majority of the members of the government were part of the anti-Syrian March 14 Alliance, a coalition of political parties and independents in Lebanon. The two groups were also divided along religious lines, with most Sunnis and Druze supporting the government, and most Shi'a supporting the opposition. The Christian community was split between the two factions, with Michel Aoun, the leader of the FPM, claiming to have more than 70% support among the Christians, based on the results of the 2005 parliamentary election.

The funding of Hezbollah comes from Lebanese business groups, private persons, businessmen, the Lebanese diaspora involved in African diamond exploration, other Islamic groups and countries, and the taxes paid by the Shia Lebanese. Hezbollah says that the main source of its income comes from its own investment portfolios and donations by Muslims.

Allegations of war crimes in the 2006 Lebanon War refer to claims of various groups and individuals, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and United Nations officials, who accused both Hezbollah and Israel of violating international humanitarian law during the 2006 Lebanon War, and warned of possible war crimes. These allegations included intentional attacks on civilian populations or infrastructure, disproportionate or indiscriminate attacks, the use of human shields, and the use of prohibited weapons.


  1. 1 2 3 "Annan to meet Iran president". Aljazeera. September 3, 2006. Archived from the original on February 13, 2007.
  2. "Hezbollah Threatens Sunnis, Too". Los Angeles Times . September 3, 2006. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2006.
  3. "Jackson to Hezbollah: Show the soldiers". International Herald Tribune. September 4, 2006. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved September 4, 2006.
  4. 1 2 "Israel reserves right to stop Hezbollah rearming via land: Official". reliefweb. September 7, 2006.
  5. "Greece begins its peacekeeping drive in Lebanon: Frigate has orders to fire if need be". Kathimerini. September 9, 2006.
  6. "Russian Military Personnel, Equipment Arrive in Lebanon". Easy Bourse via the AP. September 13, 2006.[ permanent dead link ]
  7. "Arab Ex-MKs Questioned on Illegal Visit to Syria". September 18, 2006.[ permanent dead link ]
  8. 1 2 3 4 "Violence casts shadow on normally festive Muslim holiday in Mideast". CBS. October 23, 2006.[ permanent dead link ]