Former Israeli Prison Holds Stories for Lebanese Israel said it targeted known Hezbollah strongholds or areas used to launch rockets. But a former Israeli prison may have been hit to erase evidence of what happened there during an earlier Israeli occupation.
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Former Israeli Prison Holds Stories for Lebanese

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Lebanese boys play in an Israeli jeep left behind at the demolished former prison compound in Khiam, Lebanon. Jamie Tarabay, NPR hide caption

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Lebanese boys play in an Israeli jeep left behind at the demolished former prison compound in Khiam, Lebanon.

Jamie Tarabay, NPR

During its 34-day war with Hezbollah, Israel said its warplanes targeted areas that were known Hezbollah strongholds or were being used to launch rockets across the border into Israel. Many South Lebanese residents, however, suspect that a few targets, including a former Israeli prison, were hit for other reasons.

Since 2000, when Israel withdrew from Lebanon, the prison at Khiam had been converted into a museum. Local residents say it will continue in that role, even after the Israelis demolished it.