"The humanitarian situation in Lebanon is deteriorating rapidly as the country becomes more isolated because of damage to roads, bridges and other structures in fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, the United Nations and Red Cross said Friday." (Source)



How can YOU help?

  • "Israel's bombing campaign in Lebanon has sliced the country into pieces and caused more than $2.5 billion in damage, says Lebanon's Council for Development and Reconstruction." (Source)
  • $250 million is needed to clean up the oil slick in the sea caused by a leak from nearby fuel tanks destroyed by Israeli bombardments - Ministry of Environment in Lebanon. (Source - in Arabic)
  • The UN called for $150 million to help the 800,000 displaced people in the next three months! (Source)
  • The UN said one fifth of the Lebanese population is now homeless. (Source)
  • The Red Cross has called for raising $81 million on 28/07/06. (Source)
You can help by donating directly to the Lebanese Red Cross and Red Crescent:

You may also donate online, here or here.

More information about the Red Cross's activities in Lebanon may be found here.

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Civilian Casualities: a humanitarian crisis

There are (Source):
  • 900 dead:
    • "One third of the casualities in the 23-day-old conflict were children under 12"
    • Many bodies have been left on the streets, or under the rubbles, for days now simply because the area they are lying in is still heavily under fire, or simply unreachable:
      "Ambulance drivers say two charred bodies still remain trapped in the first car, and two days later dogs and cats have started to eat their remains." (Source)

  • 3,000 wounded:
    The situation of the wounded is dependent, primarily, on the situation of the hospitals and aid workers:
    • Hospitals, as everything else in the country, have been running out of supplies. Some are besieged. But all are overwhelmed with the dead and wounded. "Three hospitals in southern Lebanon have closed because of the lack of fuel"
    • Aid workers haven't been able to move around easily in the South.

  • 1,000,000 displaced: (in a country of 3.8 million people)
    More than one quarter of the Lebanese are currently homeless. Many sleeping in public parks, public schools all over the coutry, etc.
    The situation of the displaced people is alerting (Source):
    • "real famine was looming in the country's southern areas"
    • "severe shortage of drinking and washing water – so severe that the people are drinking from animal water ponds, which are contaminated with bacteria"
    • "Due to the lack of washing water, the epidemic of scabies is spreading like fire in dry hay,"
    • "Many of the displaced children, or those stuck in their villages are facing lice, typhoid, acute diarrhoea, scabies and bronchitis. The women are facing infants deaths (still born), troubles in the urinal ducts … old people are suffering ulcer, blood pressures and have difficulty in urinating,"
    • "many are facing trembling, hysteria, lack of concentration, fast urination with some children, and all of that is due to the bombings by the Israelis."
Note: The number of dead, wounded, and displaced is increasing by the minute!

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Destroyed Infrastructure

Locations Bombed

Transport and Vital Sites Bombed

(Source)

In conclusion, from the above source, as well as AP/AFP/Rueters/etc. (see the Pictures page for additional sources), there is:
  • More than 958 killed and 3369 wounded
  • Many bodies still unfound under wreckage
  • 1/3 of casualties are children & majority civilians
  • More than 1 million displaced
  • Complete blockade of air, sea & land transport
  • More than 70 bridges and 94 roads destroyed
  • Beirut International airport, all national airways and major Lebanese ports bombed
  • Electrical power plants bombed and related fuel tanks destroyed
  • More than 20 gas and fuel stations destroyed
  • Factories (food industries), warehouses, dams, schools, TV & radio stations, churches, mosques, hospitals, ambulances, civil defense centre and UN base bombed.
  • Thousands of civilian houses destroyed
  • Estimated cost of infrastructure hit exceeds US$ 2.5 billion
  • Reported Israeli use of Internationally-banned bombs
  • More than 10 thousand tons of heavy oil polute more than 80 km of sea coast
Complete violation of the Geneva Convention
  • 90% of victims are civilians: (30%-45% children)
  • Bombing of media installations; radars of more than three TV stations, radio and mobile station
  • Bombing of emergency installations: Red Cross ambulances, government’s emergency centers and UN peacekeeping forces.
  • Bombing of mosques, churches and husayniyas
  • Use of cluster and internationally banned bombs on heavily populated civilian areas
$2.4 billion of civilian infrastructure losses
  • More than 70 roads and bridges bombed
  • All three Lebanese airports and four ports bombed
  • $208 million cost of electricity production and distribution damages
  • $173 million losses of water and telecommunication damages
  • $1464 million losses of residences and commercial enterprises destroyed
  • More than 22 fuel and gas stations bombed
  • Complete destruction of tens of industrial factories worth at least $190 million

Here is the BBC summary (published: 26 July 2006). But this is in no way complete.

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Other

  • Pictures from Lebanon
  • Life in Lebanon: an email that describes the situation in Lebanon

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Updated: 08 August 2006