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2006-08-17 07:31:12

By Michael Winfrey BEIRUT (Reuters) - Humanitarian relief poured into southern Lebanon on Thursday as aid agencies rushed to help the tens of thousands of people returning to rebuild villages torn apart by Israel's war with Hizbollah. The groups said that since fighting ended on Monday, the arrival of the Lebanese army in the south on Thursday and repairs to bombed bridges over the Litani River were helping them reach the torrent of returning refugees. Workers searched for bodies in...

2006-08-16 21:09:42

NABATIYEH, Lebanon (Reuters) - Lebanese army convoys headed south on Thursday on their way to deploy near the border with Israel in line with a U.N. resolution that halted 34 days of fighting in the area, a Reuters witness said. Trucks, armored troop carriers and jeeps were streaming to south Lebanon through the town of Nabatiyeh and were expected to start crossing the Litani River shortly, Reuters correspondent Yara Bayoumy said.

2006-08-14 04:30:36

By Michael Winfrey BEIRUT (Reuters) - Aid began flowing into south Lebanon on Monday hours after a U.N.-brokered ceasefire came into effect to end a conflict that killed over 1,200 people and drove almost one million from their homes. The U.N.'s World Food Programme sent 24 trucks of food, medicine and shelter material to the southern port of Tyre and other aid groups prepared to help tens of thousands of refugees expected to head south in the next few days. "We're now nearly two...

2006-08-13 10:56:41

By Michael Winfrey BEIRUT (Reuters) - Relief agencies sent convoys toward southern Lebanon on Sunday, hoping a planned truce between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas would mean rapid improvement in the humanitarian crisis there. Frustrated by heavy fighting and a ban on movement imposed by Israel's army, aid workers say they have been unable to bring food, water and medicine to an estimated 100,000 people trapped south of Lebanon's Litani River. But they said they could reach the...

2006-08-12 00:03:17

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli army said on Saturday it had started broadening its ground offensive in south Lebanon and its forces were pushing toward the Litani river. Troops were carrying out orders issued by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz, the army said after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution calling for an end to the month-old war between Israel and Hizbollah. Israeli officials had said before Friday's U.N. vote that the army would...

2006-08-11 23:44:46

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli army said on Saturday it had started broadening its ground offensive in south Lebanon and its forces were pushing toward the Litani river. The army said troops were carrying out orders issued by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz. The expanded campaign came hours after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution calling for an end to the month-old war. Israel had said military operations would not be halted yet.

2006-08-11 06:44:58

By Hussein Saad TYRE, Lebanon (Reuters) - Humanitarian agencies sought ways to get aid to an estimated 100,000 people trapped in southern Lebanon on Friday and the mayor of Tyre said the port city could run out of food in two days. United Nations and other convoys have been unable to deliver supplies to the region since an Israeli air strike destroyed the last bridge across the Litani river on Monday. "We have not received any aid since the last route was cut off. We have enough...

2006-08-09 09:48:48

By Michael Winfrey BEIRUT (Reuters) - Aid agencies were unable to reach tens of thousands of people trapped by heavy fighting in southern Lebanon on Wednesday as the United Nations condemned Israeli attacks on civilian targets in the country. An Israeli air strike on the edge of a U.N.-run refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon early on Wednesday killed two people, bringing to at least 75 the number of civilians killed by air strikes this week, with scores wounded. "We...

2006-08-08 16:25:26

By Michael Winfrey BEIRUT (Reuters) - An indefinite ban on movement imposed by Israel has made southern Lebanon a "no-go area," humanitarian agencies said on Tuesday, but they were searching for a new route to help war refugees in the region. On Monday, Israeli warplanes destroyed a makeshift bridge on the Litani river, the last major crossing point used by aid agencies to take medicine and other supplies to thousands of people trapped in the south by heavy fighting and air strikes....

2006-08-08 08:16:15

By Hussein Saad TYRE, Lebanon (Reuters) - Apart from a lone grocer and a handful of cars rushing through the deserted city center, there were few signs of life in Lebanon's southern port city of Tyre. Once bustling with around 100,000 people, Tyre has become a ghost town by successive Israeli air strikes that have destroyed roads and bridges linking it to the rest of Lebanon and forced most of its inhabitants to flee. "We are scared to move around," Mahmoud Faqih told Reuters. "I...