On July 12, 2006 the Hezbollah guerillas kidnapped two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others during a cross-border
raid. Israel's reaction was fast and hard. For 34-days Hezbollah shot over 100 rockets at Israel. The rockets destroyed a large amount of
property, land and human lives.
Israel responded by first sending its squadrons of F-16 and F-15 warplanes to bomb roads and bridges in order to attempt
to stop the arms from Iran and Syria reaching the militants. Next the Israeli military sent their ground force to stop the bombing, find the
Israeli soldiers who were taken captive and move the Hezbollah forces far enough back in Lebanon to keep the Hezbollah rockets from reaching
Finally on August 15th the war between Israel and Hezbollah militants ended with a
United Nations-brokered ceasefire and deployment of U.N. troops. Before the guns were silenced, more than 1,000 Lebanese and 116 soldiers
and 39 civilians died in combat or from Hezbollah rockets. The Israeli army officials state that they killed
more than 530 Hezbollah guerillas since the start of fighting on July 12, 2006. The Hezbollah spokesman has stated that
only 68 dead.
In August the BSTTW board of directors decided to help rebuild
the lives of the Israeli people who suffered a burn injury and their family members due to the action from Hezbollah.
That is when BSTTW began the BSTTW Israel Recovery Project (BIRP).