Villagers from the south of Lebanon have arrived in Tyre for the grim task of retrieving the bodies of relatives from mass graves. More than 160 people were buried in temporary graves in the city during the five-week war because the local morgue could not cope with the number of dead. The bodies are now being exhumed. They will be taken back to their home villages for a proper burial.
The death and injury toll is continuing to rise, with unexploded bombs and mines claiming dozens of victims, particularly children. In the shattered south of Beirut, bulldozers are clearing mounds of concrete and rubble. Very little remains after days of bombing by Israeli warplanes. The continued air and sea blockade is making it difficult for the country to begin reconstruction in earnest. The government has put damage to infrastructure at around 2.8 billion euros.