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Background: Facts and figures about 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war

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Tel Aviv/Beirut_(dpa) _ One year ago, Israel and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement engaged in a 33-day war. The following list itemizes the key background details and figures in the conflict:

- Fighting erupted after Hezbollah abducted two Israeli soldiers, whom it wanted to use as bargaining chips, and killed several others in an unprovoked cross-border raid on July 12, 2006.

- The war lasted until a United Nations-called ceasefire took effect on August 14.

- Israeli jets dropped some 7,000 bombs and missiles in southern Lebanon.

- Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets at northern Israel.

- Some 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, and at least 159 Israelis, about 40 of them civilians, were killed.

- Another 4,400 Lebanese and 1,500 Israelis were treated in hospitals for physical injuries.

- The damage to Lebanon's infrastructure is estimated at at least 3.5 billion US dollars, including 2 billion to buildings and another 1.5 billion dollars to bridges, roads and power plants.

- The damage caused by the Hezbollah rocket hits in Israel was put at some 1.3 billion US dollars. - An estimated 1 million people were displaced in Lebanon, and another 300,000-500,000 in Israel.

- Some 1 million unexploded shells left over from cluster bombs used by Israel continue to endanger southern Lebanon. Since the end of the war, these duds have killed at least 24 Lebanese and wounded 183 others, according to human rights groups. dpa ok ds

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