As the Israeli army said it was carrying out pinpoint attacks across the Lebanese border, the destruction of residential areas continued. The director of operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross said “the high number of civilian casualties and the extent of damage to essential public infrastructure raise serious questions”.
The Geneva-based humanitarian agency is asking for an initial 8 million dollars to help displaced and vulnerable people, as well as supporting medical services of the Lebanese Red Cross. As people from the Sidon area headed north,
French President Jacques Chirac called for a humanitarian corridor for people fleeing within Lebanon, and those heading abroad. A UN spokesman said about 20,000 people are arriving in Syria from Lebanon every day.
Damascus has eased border procedures. Appeals have been published in the Syrian press for families willing to put up Lebanese refugees.