FADIYA AL Ahmar will deliver her first baby in war-ravaged Beirut on Tuesday. Mercifully, Israel has announced its air strikes would stop for 48 hours, after its pounding snuffed out 54 civilian lives on Sunday.
"But you can never trust the Israelis," wails the 30-year-old, unsure of her safety at the Lebanese Red Cross shelter. "Whenever I hear Israeli jets fly, I run from the second to the ground floor. I am also taking pills to calm myself, knowing they could be dangerous in my present state. I am so frightened; my milk will be poison for my baby."
Fadiya had left home in southern Beirut on July 12, hoping to be safe with her mother in Bourjel Brajni. On her way, the dreaded Israeli jets and aircrafts darkened the sky. And before she knew it, she was in war zone.