MSF shocked by shelling primary school in southern Lebanon

Press release - Beirut/Amsterdam, 16 December 1999 - International medical emergency organisation Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) is shocked by this morning's shelling of a primary school in the south of Lebanon. The shelling took place just before 10am, during school hours.

Fifteen children were wounded, three of them seriously, when an artillery shell fell inside their school compound in the village of Arab Salim. MSF works in Arab Salim and other villages bordering the israeli-occupied area. MSF appeals for respect of the April Understanding of 1996, who's provisions ensure that under no circumstances civilians will be target of attack.

In several villages in southern Lebanon, among them Arab Salim in the Nabatiye region, MSF runs a community-based mental health programme. The population in these front-line villages is suffering the effects of the violence of many years. Volunteer counsellors have been trained by MSF to provide psycho-social education for their communities and individual support and counselling. MSF has also trained and equipped first aid teams in several front-line areas. MSF is present in the south of Lebanon since August 1998.