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Israeli Airstrikes in Southern Lebanon Continue to Thwart Aid Efforts for Civilians

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Red Cross officials in Lebanon say they remain unable to provide aid or to evacuate casualties in the southern part of the country because of continued Israeli airstrikes.

An International Committee of the Red Cross spokesman, Roland Huguenin, says aid has only reached one Lebanese village (Maarakeh) in the last week.

He says air raids and fighting between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israeli troops have made it virtually impossible for the Red Cross to reach areas south of the Litani River, where more than 85-thousand civilians are in need of assistance.

Israel allowed a Red Cross ship carrying 200 tons of food and relief supplies to unload its cargo at the Lebanese port city of Tyre on Saturday, but it is not clear when the aid can be delivered.

Huguenin says southern Lebanon will be in need of massive humanitarian aid well after the fighting stops, particularly for the many displaced civilians.

More than one-million people in Lebanon - about one-quarter of the country's population - have fled their homes since the Israel-Hezbollah conflict started one month ago.

Israeli airstrikes have destroyed or damaged many of Lebanon's roads and bridges in an effort to prevent arms shipments to Hezbollah from Syria.

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