“The family ties between the Shiite in the bekaa and the Shiite in Syria is different than south Lebanon,” says Jaber.
His funeral took place in el Qilya, a small village spread out on the slopes of mountains just above the bekaa Valley.
During a break between workshops in the bekaa Valley, I met Noor*.
In June I landed in Beirut, and traveled in the bekaa Valley.
The Hezbollah official said he was aware of the risks and what an assault on Yabrud may bring to the bekaa Valley.
Ras Baalbek is just one of a handful of Christian villages in the northern bekaa Valley not far from the Syrian border.
There have also been episodic rocket attacks on bekaa Valley Shiite towns fired from Syrian rebel-held positions.
There are some areas in the bekaa Valley and Hermel where the government and the army have been unable to penetrate.
This, we conjecture, is the fertile basin of El Buchaia, or bekaa.