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Situation Update: Middle East, 2 August 2006

Wednesday August 2, 2006

Red Cross Red Crescent Movement response

In southern Lebanon, the International Committee of the Red Cross has distributed food and aid packages to over 4000 families since 27 July. The first ICRC chartered ship reached Tyre on the afternoon of 30 July, carrying emergency supplies including food, hygiene items, cooking utensils, blankets, mattresses and tents.

During a first stop in Beirut on 29 July, the ship had already unloaded tens of thousands of ready to eat meals and other essential items.

Approximately 150,000 people are reported to have taken refuge in Syria so far, a third of whom have moved on to other countries. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) assists those fleeing the conflict providing water, food and other emergency items. Where possible, the SARC also assists those crossing the border to re-establish contact with their relatives.

In Israel, according to reports issued by Israel's National Society Magen David Adom, MDA staff and volunteers have, since 12 July, been called to the scene of 716 incidents, where they have treated and/or evacuated 1278 casualties.