The Israel-Lebanon conference in Rome has only been able to reach agreement on one issue: that of the Lebanese people’s desperate need for aid. The group of foreign ministers and advisers were unable to make a concrete decision on the nature of a ceasefire between Israel and Hizbollah. However, the EU’s Foreign Affairs representative Javier Solana says humanitarian corridors must be opened up.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the Rome meeting as “important” in the effort to find peace:
“It has been important to establish humanitarian corridors,” she said.
“It has also been decided to support Lebanon’s reconstruction with money from a donor conference.”
A consignment of emergency humanitarian aid has arrived in Sidon. Some 35,000 people are sheltering in the town after being forced from their homes by the conflict. It is estimated that 800,000 people have been displaced since hostilities between Israel and Lebanon broke out on July 12.