Abbas Khalil and his mother look at a picture of him in hospital after he was wounded in an Israeli warplane missile attack in the 2006 war, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Twelve years after the Israeli assault on south Lebanon, members of the Khalil family still bear the scars of the invasion and occupation.The explosion that followed knocked Abbas from his mother's lap. Abbas' mother, Ibtisam Muhanna, hasn't forgotten that day. The Khalil family has more than just scars to remind them of the traumatic experience.Today, 12-year-old Abbas is in eighth grade.With the photo a reminder of resistance, he said: "As Lebanese, we resist Israel, and we have to keep resisting". He admires the Lebanese Army in this respect. Abbas' family is a living reminder of fortitude, and he in turn has a message for the children of Palestine living under occupation.
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