So much for Israel's promises to allow humanitarian aid into Lebanon. The Independent in London reports that the United Nations "was forced to halt all attempts to deliver humanitarian aid to the thousands of civilians stranded in southern Lebanon last night, despite repeated Israeli assurances of secure corridors. The move, echoed by major aid agencies, followed Israeli threats to destroy any vehicle operating south of the Litani river." Jack Redden, from the UN refugee agency UNHCR, said, "In many places, particularly in the far south, it is completely impossible to get anything into that area."
"The head of Médecins Sans Frontières' (MSF) mission in Lebanon, Christopher Stokes, described Israeli assurances of protected aid corridors as delusional. "For many days, the concept of humanitarian corridors has been used to mask the reality," he said. "It is impossible to get safe access to the villages in the south." Read the full story here and here in journalist Robert Fisk's article "Israel's promise of humanitarian corridors is exposed as a sham."