2007 Photo Contest, People in the News, 3rd prize

Stephanie Sinclair

for NPR

27 July, 2006

Families from a Lebanese border town flee along the dangerous coastal road between Tyre and Sidon, during an Israeli bombardment of southern Lebanon. Travel became unsafe as Israeli bombs also hit roads.

For five weeks in 2006, Israel conducted an offensive against Hezbollah militants in southern Lebanon. Israel said it was targeting fighters and missile-launching sites hidden in residential areas, but was accused of disproportionate reaction and bombing of civilians. Both sides were accused of manipulating the media for propaganda purposes. More than 900,000 people in Lebanon and up to 500,000 in Israel were displaced by the conflict. In 2021, Israel again traded fire with Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, after a tense 15-year peace. 

About the photographer

Stephanie Sinclair

After university, Sinclair worked for the Chicago Tribune, which sent her to cover the lead up to the war in Iraq. She later moved to the Middle East covering the region for six ...

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