The work of aid agencies in southern Lebanon has become virtually impossible. Bridges and access roads have been destroyed and there is a high risk of air strikes. To highlight the severe difficulties they face, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has travelled to the area. Jakob Kellenberger made for the Litani river. With no major crossing points left now for aid agencies – he suggested it was not clear exactly whom Israel was targeting: “The basic rules are the distinction between civilians and combatants, and these rules apply in any case, it’s a distinction between military and civilian.”
No access routes in, also means none out. There are tens of thousands of people trapped on the other side of the Litani. Israel has warned it will bomb all vehicles driving south of the river. Humanitarian agencies now say the situation is too dangerous and for them it is a no-go area.