EU aid chief Louis Michel has visited Beirut to examine the repercussions of the month-long conflict between Hizbollah and Israel. Following a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Michel said that an extra 30 million euros aid would be made available by the end of the month. 20 million has already been granted, but Michel said there remain issues to resolve:
“We also talked about a very particular problem, namely asking Israel to end its blockade, because this is making the delivery of aid really difficult.”
Lebanon’s Security Council held an emergency session to discuss measures to assist those returning home following the ceasefire. Meanwhile French officials headed to the UN to begin planning for a peacekeeping force to support the Lebanese army and take over Israeli positions in the new buffer zone.