Al Wazzani (Al-Ouazzani), also known as Arab Louaize,
[Water Wars in the Middle East: A Looming Threat, Hussein A. Amery, The Geographical Journal, Vol. 168, 2002]
is a small Lebanese
village in the Hasbaya District
of the Nabatieh Governorate
, on the banks of the Hasbani River
. The village is located about 1 km from the Wazzani Spring, a major source of the Hasbani, which is a tributary of the Jordan River
. The village has about 200 residents.
In 2001 the Lebanese government installed a small pumping station with a 10 cm bore near the village, to supply water to the village as well the nearby villages al-Teiba and Ghajar
. In March 2002 Lebanon also diverted part of the Hasbani to supply Wazzani village, an action that then Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon
, said was a "casus belli" and could lead to war.BBC
17 September 2002. Israel hardens stance on water.
The pumping station was destroyed during the 2006 Lebanon War.
Category:Jordan River basin
Category:Populated places in Lebanon