A Tyre For Qana?
Update: Looks like more manipulation. If you check in at lgf and HotAir, you’ll find a CNN story talking about the rotting corpses from a mass burial in Tyre. Yet, as I point out below, bodies from that burial were stored in refrigerated trucks. Tyre is a Hezbollah strong hold and it appears as though rather than using the refrigerated trucks in all cases, they are allowing the scenes to be as gruesome as possible when the media is about.
Also, if the refrigerated bodies weren’t the ones buried in Tyre on Satruday, where did they end up? Qana? It’s possible, read below.
A full day before an air strike in Qana currently making headlines around the world, the Mayor of Tyre prepared a mass grave for 32 bodies killed in the area during the course of the recent conflict. Early Red Cross reports from the scene in Qana indicated only 27 bodies. Ironically enough, if you add 32 and 27 you arrive at the number of Qana dead reported by the press today. Current reports seem to fluctuate between 56 – 60.
It’s been reported that the media coverage and the recovery effort didn’t begin until the next morning. During that gap, the very same refrigerated trucks that held the dead from Tyre made their way to Qana. The question is, were they empty given some analysis which questions the times of death. See Confederate Yankee.
Additionally, there appear to be discrepancies in the reporting from Qana. We’re told the building didn’t collapse until morning. Yet, one observer claims to have been blown out of the building from the third floor during the night, only to rush right back in and witness the massacre.
Some photographic evidence (click images to enlarge) also makes the site look more like a bomb shelter than the basement of a poor tobacco farmer’s home, as is being reported. Statements from survivors document that Qana is home to hard-line Hezbollah members and their families. The town is located at a critical juncture of five roads just north of the southern plains of Southern Lebanon and the elevation represents a prime location for the launching of rockets ever more deeply into Israel.
It seems at least possible that the victims were mostly comprised of the families of Hezbollah fighters and one body which wasn’t uncovered for mass display appears to be in fatigues.
Add to that Powerline’s questioning the timing of a professionally produced banner, and one has to at least wonder how much of the Qana incident is being managed for the benefit of Hezbollah’s war against Israel. Some documentation of that has already been covered at EU Referendum. It’s also being covered in the IsraeliInsider.
It has to be considered that the Qana strike may well have killed a number of civilians and Hezbollah fighters with the number of civilian dead being augmented by bodies from Tyre. But no official report I have seen documents more than 27 bodies at this time, while the MSM is reporting as many as sixty. Relevant MSM links and quotes below.
Tyre: On Saturday, the Lebanese army dug a mass grave in Tyre and filled it with 32 plywood caskets containing the bodies of those already killed in the crossfire.
Qana: The Lebanese Red Cross, which conducted the rescue, counted 27 bodies.
The refrigerated truck that bodies are stored in had just emptied the day before with a mass burial. It is already filling up again, with the bodies of children.
"I was blown out of the building through a wall," said 27-year-old Ibrahim Chalhoub, a survivor from one of the two hardest-hit families.
At 1 a.m. yesterday, he was brewing a pot of tea in his top-floor kitchen. Moments later, the bomb struck the house. The force from the blast blew out the ground from beneath his feet.
"When the smoke cleared, I could not believe what happened. I rushed inside. It was a massacre," he said, his voice dissolving into sobs, eyes rolling up to the clear blue sky.
The tobacco farmer’s house was thought to be the safest place in town, perched on an innocuous edge of Lebanon’s Bekka Valley.
Khalil had been in a nearby house when the missile hit.
"It came in right at the door. I saw it. It was aimed right for the door," he said.
Israel has hit Qana so hard in recent days that it’s difficult to distinguish old rubble from the new.