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Lebanon / Israel – ICRC Bulletin No. 12 / 2006

15-08-2006 Operational Update

Latest report on ICRC activities in the field

Following the UN-brokered ceasefire, the ICRC's key priority remains to reach the civilian population in villages and to ensure that all wounded are evacuated and all bodies are recovered, especially from collapsed buildings that were inaccessible during the fighting, a task that will be carried out primarily by the Lebanese Red Cross. The ICRC will concentrate on delivering water, food and drugs (especially for the wounded and the chronically ill) to civilians who have suffered – and continue to suffer – the direct consequences of the recent hostilities.

 Evacuation of vulnerable civilians and recovery of bodies  

On 11 August a joint ICRC-Lebanese Red Cross convoy evacuated 20 civilians to Tyre, including elderly people (one in a wheelchair) and families with children, from the village of Arzun, east of Tyre. One body was collected in a car between Srifa and Deir Qanun an Nahr in the same area. Between 12 July and 14 August, Lebanese Red Cross staff evacuated 886 wounded persons, transported 6,270 medical cases and collected 285 bodies.

 Supplying food and helping to restore electricity  

On 11 August, the ICRC supplied 15 tonnes of flour (300 bags of 50 kg each) to the only bakery still working in Tyre. The flour was brought in by truck from Sidon along with another 35 tonnes of flour for further distributions. On 14 August, 18,000 people in the Palestinian camp of Rashidieh were provided with flour for bread-making and 150 displaced persons sheltering in Tibnin hospital received family food parcels to last a week. The same day, the ICRC worked with local specialists to restore electricity to Tyre by repairing the city's power station, which had been hit by a missile.

 ICRC ship reaches Tyre  

On 12 August, an ICRC-chartered ship finally reached the port of Tyre after failing for two days to get the green light to proceed from Cyprus. It carried on board 100 tonnes of flour, 50 tonnes of fuel, 200,000 ready-to-eat meals, baby food and hygiene items.

 Magen David Adom action in northern Israel  

The Magen David Adom (MDA) has been providing medical services for civilians affected by the hostilities in northern Israel since 12 July. MDA personnel have treated and evacuated hundreds of persons, including 214 severely and moderately injured individuals, and collected the bodies of 43 civilians.

 Cooperation with Syrian Arab Red Crescent  

The ICRC continues to respond to specific requests, the latest being the provision of a forklift to enable the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to carry out its logistical operations. The ICRC has also strengthened the National Society's ability to restore family links by providing its branches with mobile telephones and prepaid calling cards along with computer hardware needed to register those who have fled to Syria.

    

 Facts and figures  

    

 Since the start of the crisis on 12 July, the ICRC has:  

  • provided food and other basic items for 25,462 families (19,423 in the Tyre region, 1,416 in Beirut, 295 in Tripoli and northern Lebanon, 3,523 in the Marjayoun region and 805 in the Bekaa valley);

  • distributed, in cooperation with Lebanese Red Cross volunteers, an average of 40,000 litres of drinking water per day to internally displaced persons scattered in some 20 schools in Beirut and its surroundings;

  • provided drugs, surgical equipment and other medical supplies (to treat war wounded and people suffering from chronic illnesses) for a dozen medical facilities, including hospitals and Lebanese Red Cross health centres, mainly in southern Lebanon;

  • delivered 14,215 litres of fuel needed to run vital civilian infrastructure, such as hospitals, Lebanese Red Cross health centres and water pumps in isolated villages in southern Lebanon;

  • supplied three generators to run Lebanese Red Cross health centres in Tibnin, Nabatiyeh and Beirut and one generator to run the water-supply system in Marjayoun;

  • shipped and airlifted over 1,600 tonnes of relief supplies to the region (another 10,000 tonnes of supplies are to be delivered by mid-September).

 For further information, please contact:  

 Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 24 58 or +41 79 217 32 24  

 Michèle Mercier, ICRC Beirut, tel. + 961 1 739 297 or + 961 35 42 839  

 Roland Huguenin, ICRC Tyre, tel. + 961 3 35 62 91  

 Bana Sayeh, ICRC Jerusalem, tel. + 972 2 582 88 45 or + 972 57 880 91 93