Three weeks of conflict in Lebanon has caused an estimated 1.5 billion euros worth of damage to the country’s infrastructure. Bridges, roads and ports have been destroyed by Israeli warplanes and artillery across the regions. The worst hit is the south where whole villages have been flattened and thousands of civilians are still thought to be trapped.
The Lebanese government has not begun to estimate the cost to the economy. The international airport, which alone brings in around 10 million euros a month, will be closed for three. Israeli air and sea blockades have brought trade and tourism to a standstill.
The port in Beirut has been spared the worst although incoming aid convoys are the main traffic -the Red Cross arriving with 150 tonnes of food and medical supplies. Lebanon borrowed heavily after the civil war of 1975 to 1990. Again the country will be looking to attract foreign aid to help with reconstruction when this conflict ends.