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Sat-7 Lebanon temporarily closed by overnight bombing
Nicosia, August 4, 2006 (SAT-7) - Christian broadcaster SAT-7 has temporaily closed its Beirut studio because bombing has made several main roads unusable. SAT-7 hopes to re-open the studio on Monday August 7.
On Thursday evening, August 3, SAT-7 broadcast live from its studio overlooking downtown Beirut. But by Friday morning of August 4, the team was no longer able to continue their work.
Fortunately, no SAT-7 personnel thus far have been hurt during the crisis, but the leadership decided to close the office.
When asked what he would like Christians around the world to be praying for, Mr. Naji Daoud, the SAT-7 Lebanon Director, said, “really the most important thing we can pray for is a cease fire. We need this to end because it only seems to be getting worse.”
“We didn’t get any sleep last night and we’re really shocked about what has happened. Bridges on several main roads into Beirut have been bombed, even in Christian areas, and many of our staff can no longer come to the studio,” he said, “it is really quite frightening because now it seems that no area of the city is safe and innocent people are dying. When people do come to work, they don’t know if they’ll be able to go home.”
“It’s not only the closed roads, but also the lack of fuel. There is no fuel to buy in the country and we don’t know when we will get more,” adds Mr. Daoud.
Several programmes that were to be recorded on Friday had to be cancelled, including a women’s programme and a youth programme.
Because of the lack of fuel and the difficulty of traveling, the team is putting an emergency plan into place in which a small crew may move into a donated flat located near the office and continue to produce programs.
They intend to carry on broadcasting a live current affairs programme each week, on Thursday evenings at 8:30 pm local time, if conditions allow.
SAT-7 urges prayer for their team in Lebanon and for all the people suffering in the region.