Update No. 96/02 on ICRC activities in Lebanon
22-04-1996 Operational Update
No let-up in the bombardments
Despite high-level diplomatic efforts to arrange a cease-fire, bombardments have entered their second week in southern Lebanon and northern Israel. At the weekend Israeli gunships off Sidon shelled the coastal road even more heavily than previously, completely blocking it and paralyzing traffic. Air-raids continued on dozens of villages near Nabatieh, Iklim-al-Touffah and Tyre, including 20 in the UNIFIL zone. According to the ICRC nurse based in Tyre, medical and relief organizations were almost unable to move on Saturday. Meanwhile, there was no let-up in the rocket attacks on northern Israel.
The ICRC has kept up its distributions to those displaced by the attacks and sheltering in Beirut, the Bekaa region and southern Lebanon (especially in Sidon and Tyre). On Friday and Saturday the institution handed over 10 tonnes of wheat flour to bakeries in Beirut and 10 tonnes to bakeries in Sidon, which later distributed bread to 30,000 displaced people. It delivered jerrycans for water to 2,430 families, and distributed a total of 2,406 blankets and 1,250 family parcels. In addition, the ICRC gave out soap and cleaning materials to 22,500 people who were receiving food assistance from other organizations. Medical supplies were delivered to the Lebanese Red Cross and to hospitals in Beirut, Nabatieh, Sidon and Tyre. In particular, following the Qana attack on 18 April, first-aid materials, transfusion and suture materials, as well as food assistance, were given to the hospitals in Tyre which were being overwhelmed by the influx of wounded people. Today, Monday, an ICRC tanker truck travelled from Beirut to Sidon to deliver liquid oxygen to Hamoud hospital in the town.
The Lebanese Red Cross very active
Since the beginning of the hostilities the Lebanese Red Cross first-aid department has transported 102 wounded people to hospital and over 100 bodies to morgues. It has moved 382 sick people and provided emergency treatment and transport for 608. In all, it has carried out 98 missions to replenish stocks in its dispensaries and first-aid posts throughout the country. It has made 59 emergency transfers of blood, treated 165 people in their homes and held 1,407 consultations in its dispensaries. Throughout Lebanon, 145 Lebanese Red Cross first-aid posts are on alert, including some in Lebanese hospitals. The National Society's mobile clinics have carried out 60 missions in southern Lebanon, 20 in the Bekaa and 20 in Beirut. First-aid workers have distributed 41 family parcels, and the medico-social department has distributed to displaced people, particularly in Beirut, parcels put together by the youth department. The Lebanese Red Cross operates eight blood banks in Lebanon. When the military situation so requires, the National Society carries out its medical evacuations in cooperation with the ICRC, which acts as a n eutral intermediary.
In northern Israel
According to information received from the " Magen David Adom " , the ICRC noted that the Israeli institutions were covering the needs of the population affected by the bombardments in northern Israel.