As thousands of people flee the fighting in southern Lebanon, international aid convoys continue to travel in the opposite direction. But only a small number has managed to reach those trapped in the war zone, which has been mostly cut off by the Israeli air strikes. Many roads have been completely destroyed and the few convoys that have made the dangerous drive so far have narrowly escaped further bombings.
Food, aid and temporary shelter are being shipped in from around the world. Qana – the village which suffered the deadliest single attack by the Israeli army since the start of the conflict – is nothing but a ghost town of rubble. While the survivors welcome the aid, they say what they need is an end to hostilities. It is estimated close to a million people have been displaced by the war so far. Others remain trapped in the fighting, too poor or too afraid to leave.