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Israel approved the creation of a corridor between Lebanon and Cyprus for international organizations to deliver humanitarian aid to the Lebanese. This bolsters the efforts already under way by the UN and others to evacuate and give medical assistance to civilians under fire in the war:
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni approved late Thursday the establishment of a "humanitarian corridor" between Lebanon and Cyprus in order to relieve the humanitarian crisis that was claimed to be present in Lebanon.
Israel has been under great international pressure, especially by the United States and France, to provide for the relief of the Lebanese citizens' hardships following the massive campaign that has created a lot of damage in Lebanon.
UN sources stated that the fighting in Lebanon had created half a million refugees, who were forced to leave their homes to evade IDF strikes.
The Israelis would have been better served by establishing this from the start. While the scope of their attack has sound military reasons, the potential for civilian casualties and refugees should have been clear when the Israelis started their campaign. Perhaps they felt that Hezbollah would simply fold up and pull back, but after the first bombs fell in Beirut, the need for relief was obvious.
Still, within less than two weeks Israel has made the necessary arrangements for aid even while its own citizens fall victim to terrorist shelling throughout the north. The Israelis have understandably been occupied with their own relief needs, and the deaths and injuries to their own families and friends. Australia recognized that in their contributions to aid relief for the region. Of their donation of A$2 million, A$500,000 goes specifically to the Israeli victims of Hezbollah rocket attacks, a kind gesture that underscores the fact that Israelis have been victimized by this war, too.Sphere It View blog reactions
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