It is not the best time to visit Lebanon for a holiday, but there are currently thousands of tourists in Beirut, and they are all keen to get out. At the main frontier crossing with Syria the queues are long as people strive to escape. “We were under bombardment. All the roads were hit. We came on Aranta-rihan way, which is through valleys. We left at dawn. Aircraft were all over us. God saved us”, said one driver. Many are making the exodus on foot, mainly from southern Lebanon and the Bekaa valley, but also from Beirut’s southern suburbs where Israel believes Hizbollah leaders are located.