Israel is to allow aid airlifts into Lebanon as part of efforts to relieve a growing humanitarian crisis. The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, made the announcement shortly after talks with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Emergency relief is barely trickling in to the country, after Israel imposed an air and sea blockade following its bombing campaign. A team of Israeli officials will now meet with international military experts to outline “safe corridors” for aid. The UN says the first large convoy of humanitarian aid is expected to leave Beirut on Wednesday for the southern city of Tyre.
Olmert opens "safe corridor" for emergency aid to Lebanon