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Refugees gather at UN compound in Tyre

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Refugees gather at UN compound in Tyre


Refugees have gathered at a UN compound in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre. They are some of the many thousands trying to escape the violence. They say supplies of food, water and medicines are running low after roads and bridges were cut off by Israeli military action, hindering the movement of aid. Foreigners are among those who have travelled ¨to Tyre in a bid to leave the country.

“I hope that the UN will take me out, I hope that I can go to Germany. I don’t know how and if anybody can help us,” a German woman said. The United Nations Children’s Fund has appealed for more than five million euros to meet the needs of women and children. The Kuwaiti Red Crescent is one of the aid organisations that has stepped in.

17 trucks capable of carrying nearly 250 tons of food are due to be dispatched to Lebanon. The operation has been organised in conjunction with the Lebanese Red Cross. However it is not clear whether Israeli air strikes will make it possible for the lorries to reach Beirut.

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