Khyam

Detention camp created in 1984 in the Israeli « Security Zone in South Lebanon ». This detention center was managed by the South Lebanon Army (SLA), under the control and with the financial support of Shin Bet (Israeli Internal security services).

Arround 140 prisoners, of all ages and confessions, mostly villagers who had refused to collaborate, were being detained without any trial, thus violating the IVth Geneva Convention. Israel held them as hostages for potential future negotiations. Khyam prison was dismanteled in May 2000, due to the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon, initiated by Prime Minister Ehud Barak. It has now become a museum dedicated to Hezbollah, the Chiite movement which was the main organisation of armed resistance against Israeli army.