Place:Khiam, South Lebanon, Lebanon


Located inSouth Lebanon, Lebanon

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(Arabic الخيام; sometimes spelled Khiyam) is a town located in South Lebanon Governorate, near the city of Nabatieh. It is located in Southern Lebanon, 800 meters above sea level, 120 km away from Beirut and roughly four kilometers from the Israel border.

During the 1990s, Khiam became known for the Khiam Detention Center - a prison, operated by the South Lebanon Army during the Israeli occupation of Lebanon. The prison was captured by Hezbollah in the year 2000, shortly prior to Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon security belt.

The town was the scene of a major confrontation between the Israeli Army and Hezbollah fighters during the 2006 Lebanon War, as well as the site of United Nations post, which was bombed by the Israeli Army during the 2006 conflict. 4 United Nations military observers were killed in this attack by Israel.

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