Sad End

TYRE, Lebanon, Feb 21, 2007 (AFP) – The body of a Sri Lankan housemaid, missing since Israeli missiles struck the building where she worked during last summer’s war in Lebanon, was found Wednesday, police said. The body of the 35-year-old woman, whose name was not given, was found on the seventh floor of the building in the southern port city of Tyre.

The building was badly damaged during an Israeli raid on the city on July 16, a few days after the Jewish state launched an offensive against the Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah that killed about 1,200 people in Lebanon.

At the time, 34 people were reported killed in the raid on the building, which housed the headquarters of the Lebanese civil defence. Sri Lanka has more expatriate workers in Lebanon than any other country, with about 80,000 of them employed, mostly as housemaids and labourers.