Israeli leaflets rained down from the sky warning the inhabitants of Tyre and Sidon to stay put. Any suspect vehicles seen on the roads could be bombed they said. Most of the flyers landed in the sea. But for the residents, who are more used to bombs than leaflets falling from the sky, the message has got through.
Israel is relentlessly pushing on with its campaign. There were some 120 air strikes overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday and clashes with Hizbollah militants in the south. On Wednesday morning, in Nabatiyeh, north of Tyre, bombs destroyed more buildings, but there were no reports of casualties. That is welcome news in a conflict that has left an estimated 1,000 Lebanese dead, most of them civilians.
Southern Beirut bore the brunt of several Israeli air raids on Tuesday night. The capital is an increasingly dangerous place. The death toll from an attack there on Monday is now confirmed at more than 40. Helping those who want to escape has become virtually impossible. Bridges and roads have been destroyed leaving tens of thousands of people cut off with no access to essential relief or medical supplies.
Aid agencies say the situation in the south is just too dangerous. So although supplies may be arriving into the country, for now, they will not be reaching the people who really need them.