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UN says 500,000 Lebanese need relief supplies

(United Nations-AP) July 21, 2006 - More than half a million people in Lebanon are thought to be in need of food, medicine and other supplies, as Israel's blockade continues.

The figure comes from UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland, who is calling on Israel to guarantee safe passage of such goods by road, sea and air. He says Beirut has only days of fuel supplies remaining.

For their part, the Israelis say they will allow aid supplies in. Israel's UN ambassador says he expects a humanitarian corridor to be open by Saturday. But it remains to be seen if Israel will meet Egeland's demands. The details are being worked out.

Lebanon's special envoy isn't impressed. After the Israeli ambassador's speech, he accused that country of turning Lebanon "into ruins," and demanded Israel pay rebuilding costs.

Posted 11:34pm by Chantelle Janelle

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