Taking advantage of the lull in air strikes, thousands of people are fleeing their villages in southern Lebanon. But while they are leaving, others are travelling in the opposite direction, back to their homes or to try to assist those who stayed behind. “I hope that we will return and continue to resist Israel,” says one man. “We can’t describe what we’ve been through,” says another survivor, “we’re deaf from the bombs, we couldn’t even leave to look for water and food.”
Carrying all the personal belongings they can, people are fleeing by whatever means are available – by car or bus, and even on foot. For those who can afford to get away, the destination is always further north. Once they reach the port city of Tyre, the next goal is Sidon, to get as far away as possible from the bombing and the devastation.