Continuing air strikes on Israeli port cities have all but ended brought humanitarian relief efforts. From a distance only thick plumes of smoke from heavy artillery can be seen over Tyre. On the ground, an Israeli curfew has left the streets deserted. With Israel threatening to target moving vehicles, the only traffic is ambulances ferrying the wounded to hospital.
The majority of the injured are brought to the Jamal Amel hospital – one of the few casualty wards still accessible. Israeli air strikes hit the last crossing over Lebanon’s Litani river yesterday, cutting off the main route for aid to Tyre and many hard-hit areas. The constant bombardment of the city has not only blocked relief efforts. Mass burials are now being prepared with people said to be too afraid to leave their homes to come and identify bodies.