Emergency Response to the Humanitarian Crisis in Lebanon
The civilian population of Lebanon currently finds itself caught up in the worst cycle of violence
since the 1975-1991 civil war tore the country apart and left it in ruins. Most of those killed or
wounded have been civilians. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been displaced by the
hostilities in Lebanon where widespread damage has been inflicted on vital civilian
infrastructure. Normal living and economic conditions have been profoundly disrupted. In Israel
much of the population of the north lives under the threat of repeated rocket attacks, which are
From the onset of the conflict in the second week of July, the International Comittee of the Red Cross (ICRC) set about mobilizing the full range of its resources to respond to the growing emergency needs in Lebanon where it is now operating primarily in the south of the country, but will reach out to help those most in need wherever they may be. The ICRC is now expanding its set-up in Lebanon where it has started to provide food, shelter materials and basic household goods to destitute civilians, both residents and the displaced, in close cooperation with the Lebanese Red Cross Society (LRCS), its primary partner in the country. The LRCS runs the bulk of Lebanon's ambulance
services, which will be fully supported by the ICRC. The implementation of a security notification
system with all parties concerned will be consolidated and enhanced. Whenever possible, assistance programmes will be implemented through or with the LRCS.
The Austrian contribution supports the ICRC objectives to be implemented until the end of year.