The United Nations has renewed its warning about a worsening humanitarian crisis in southern Lebanon. Continued fighting and an Israeli ban on movement means hospitals are fast running out of food, fuel, medicines and other critical supplies. Partially destroyed roads and bridges have also made it difficult for ambulances to bring new casualties to hospitals. The UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland, believes both sides are to blame.
“It’s a disgrace really, because the parties to the conflict, the Hizbollah and the Israelis, could give us access in a heartbeat, and then we could help 120,000 people in southern Lebanon,” Egeland said. Egeland added that a plan worked out with Israel, Beirut, and Hizbollah to funnel aid through humanitarian corridors along Lebanon’s coastal road had not worked. He blamed Israel for bombing the route in the belief it may have been used by the militant group to transport weapons.