The Israeli border town of Kiryat Shmona is in the firing line for Hizbollah rockets. Residents live in fear, and most sick of spending days in stuffy air raid shelters are leaving. But escape is not always easy. Air raid sirens stopped one bus in its tracks three times before it could finally set off.
Already more than half of the city’s 24,000 residents have gone. The 9000 who have stayed behind are not being forced out, but as rockets rain down daily it is likely they will heed the authorities’ advice and go. Cities away from the fighting are opening their doors to the refugees.
The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has been seeing the humanitarian situation for himself. Arriving from Lebanon, Jakob Kellenberger has also visited Northern Israel. He has met refugees on both sides of enemy lines – people who are ideologically opposed but who share, to varying degrees, similar experiences of this war.