From correspondents in Baalbek
August 13, 2006 12:00
Article from: Agence France-Presse
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ISRAELI air raids in the eastern Lebanese region of Baalbek killed one child and caused damage to the ancient Roman temple of Bacchus overnight, the town mayor said.
Israeli fighter bombers carried out two raids overnight in the old town square near the centuries-old Baalbek temple complex, killing a 10 year-old boy and wounding three people, police said.
Two buildings were completely destroyed in the raids.
The bombardment caused cracks in the Bacchus temple, weakening the structures of the Roman temple which had withstood several earthquakes, head of the municipality Mohsen al-Jamal said.
Several stones fell inside the temple complex which is a UNESCO world heritage site, he added.
The raids also destroyed the old market, where a two-year renovation project financed by the United Nations had just been completed.