According to BirdLife International, an estimated 25 million birds, including endangered species of waterfowl, songbirds and raptors are killed illegally each year around the Mediterranean Sea alone, undermining efforts to protect them.
Lebanon lies on a strategic position: on the second most important flyway in the world between Europe & Asia downward to Africa in autumn, and backwards in spring. But in terms of intensity - birds killed per square kilometer - Lebanon ranks third, trailing only Malta and Cyprus.
Tragically, migratory soaring birds (MSBs) face tremendous threats while flying over Lebanon. These threats include, but are not restricted to, poisoning, electrocution, and indiscriminate hunting.