The UN is still waiting for Israel to guarantee safe passage of aid to areas of Lebanon hardest hit during the last 12 days of bombardment. The UN says it and other aid agencies will not be able to help the stricken population unless the Jewish state allows aid corridors to be created.
Spokesman Jan Egelund says distribution is the key:
“What we need is a corridor to the people in the south, to the people in the mountains, to the people in the most affected places. And I am hopeful we will get that very soon because I have no reason to disbelieve those Israeli leaders who say they want us to help the civilian population,” he said.
And it is civilians who are paying the price in this conflict. The Lebanese government says half a million have been displaced, while others have been left isolated by air strikes which have destroyed bridges and roads and cut off supplies.Ships have been allowed to dock in Beirut despite Israel’s two-week blockade of the port. The UN estimates at least 80 million euros will be needed over the next three months to avoid a humanitarian disaster. A further appeal for international help is due to be made today.