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Situation Update: Middle East, 01 September 2006

Friday September 1, 2006

Action by the ICRC, the Lebanese Red Cross and their partners

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in cooperation with the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC), has recently provided emergency aid to thousands of people displaced from their homes as a result of hostilities.

Since the ceasefire, internally displaced persons in Lebanon have started returning to their homes in the south of the country and the southern suburbs of Beirut and other areas. Many of those who returned found themselves without shelter, water, food and medical care.

The ICRC and the LRC have been busy responding to this crisis by providing thousands of food parcels, kitchen sets, and water to those most in need. In the southern suburbs of the capital, 25,000 people have already been supplied with drinking water from trucks manned by the ICRC and the LRC Youth Section.

Relief operations have also been underway in other areas of Lebanon, the south in particular. In the Tyre area, food and other essentials have been distributed to hundreds of families. In the Sidon area, thousands of families in have benefited from the distribution of baby and hygiene kits.

To date, almost 260,000 people (some 52,000 families) have benefited from emergency aid provided by the ICRC.

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

  • distributed, in cooperation with LRC 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 LRC health centres, mainly in southern Lebanon
  • delivered 14,215 litres of fuel needed to run vital civilian infrastructure, such as hospitals, LRC health centres and water pumps in isolated villages in southern Lebanon
  • provided baby kits to 1,750 households in villages in the Sidon area and handed out 37,000 jars of baby food to people in nine villages near Marjayoun
  • supplied three generators to run LRC health centres in Tibnin, Nabatiyeh and Beirut and one generator to run the water-supply system in Marjayoun