International aid agencies are trying to make the most of a 48-hour cessation of air strikes to help areas hardest hit by the fighting in Southern Lebanon. As well as bringing essential food and medical supplies, they also hope to get people out and take them to safety.
Convoys have already arrived in villages close to the port city of Tyre. Aid agencies are working around the clock to get in as much relief as possible. But journey times to the devastated areas have been considerably lengthened by Israel’s bombing campaign that has left many vital access routes unpassable. The road to Tyre from Beirut used to take an hour and a half, now it can take as long as five hours, delaying crucial aid supplies to people in desperate need.