Unintended Targets

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Lisa Takeuchi Cullen and Tim Mcgirk/Jerusalem

We will not learn how to live together in peace,” Jimmy Carter once said, “by killing each other’s children.” By that measure, peace is a long way off in the Middle East. Even as the U.S. and France sought to craft a cease-fire through the U.N. Security Council, the war between Israel and Hizballah added to its toll of the innocent. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said last week that 900 Lebanese had died in three weeks of fighting, most of them civilian victims of Israeli aerial attacks. A third of the dead, said Siniora, were children under 12, an estimate the U.N. supports. Across northern Israel, the Israeli military reports, 33 people have died and another 480 were injured by the 3,000 rockets Hizballah has loosed since July 12. Images of wounded or dead children have helped harden public opinion on both sides, but for TIME photographer Thomas Dworzak in Lebanon, “War is ugly, and it’s important for us to see that.”

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