A series of Lebanese Armoured Personnel Carriers have been unloaded at the port city of Tyre, as the force in the region grows rapidly. It is reported 4,500 Lebanese soldiers are already in the area – travelling either by sea or by road – and more are arriving today. The area was under Hizbollah’s control, and for the moment the army’s deployment is being seen above all as symbolic. Their work includes de-arming weapons left behind. At least two children have been killed by cluster bombs.
Lebanese troops are now in the area south of the Litani river, and close to the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms to the east. Israeli forces continue to withdraw, while the Hizbollah fighters they were battling are said to have disappeared into the surrounding villages. Over 1,100 Lebanese and 157 Israelis died in the war.