Standing in the midst of the rubble of south Beirut on Sunday, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora declared the Israeli bombing campaign "a crime against humanity."
Saniora was surrounded by a mob of reporters and television cameras and accompanied by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, a Hizbullah backer.
"What we see today is an image of the crimes Israel has committed ... there is no other description other than a criminal act that shows Israel's hatred to destroy Lebanon and its unity," he told reporters on a tour to south Beirut, which bore the brunt of the Israeli airstrikes that leveled neighborhoods.
"I hope the international media transmits this picture to every person in the world so that it shows this criminal act, this crime against humanity that Israel has committed in this area and every region of Lebanon," the Western-backed prime minister added.
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