Israeli jets have battered Lebanon and carried out a limited ground incursion. The death toll in both countries has gone up as the conflict enters its second week, with no end in sight. It is estimated the fighting has now killed more than 230 people in Lebanon and 25 Israelis. War planes have pounded targets in Sidon, Tyre and other areas. The crisis was triggered last week by the capture of two Israeli soldiers by the Islamic militant group Hezbollah.
Israel and the United States have linked the latest Hezbollah activity to Iran and Syria. International diplomacy has stepped up a gear but has so far not managed to bring Israel and Hezbollah closer to a ceasefire. Rockets fired by the group have rained down on northern Israel, while the Israeli offensive has triggered a major movement of foreigners out of Lebanon. Some fear that a humanitarian disaster is in the making as shelter and medical supplies prove to be insufficient for displaced Lebanese.