Bombings Hit Lebanese Children Hardest


About 55 percent of all casualties at the Beirut Government University Hospital are children of 15 years of age or less, hospital records show.

On Sunday, Jan Egeland, the United Nations emergency relief chief, toured the devastated areas of south Beirut. He described what he saw as “horrific” and said the destruction “makes it a violation of humanitarian law.”

Egeland said UN supplies of humanitarian aid would arrive within the next few days, but “we need access,” and “so far Israel is not giving us access.”

Aid is now a matter of life and death. Masri said his hospital would soon begin to run out of medicines and supplies.

“We don’t know why we aren’t getting help from the International Committee of the Red Cross,” Masri said. “The Lebanese Red Cross is helping us the best they can, but no foreign agencies are helping us. Why not?”

“We left our house because they are bombing everything in the civilian neighborhoods,” she told IPS. “They are killing all our children. What human would ever do this kind of thing?”

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