JIM LEHRER: And, again, we launch our coverage of the Middle East story with two reports from Independent Television News correspondents. First, Tim Ewart in Lebanon.
TIM EWART, ITV News Correspondent: Beirut is a city of high drama, and the tension is rising. There was constant military activity today, as the rescue operation gathered pace. And there was a growing sense of urgency among foreign passport-holders trying to flee the country.
FOREIGN TOURIST IN LEBANON: I'm really desperate to get out, yes.
TIM EWART: How is it looking? What are your chances?
FOREIGN TOURIST IN LEBANON: I don't know. I'm really scared. I don't know what to do. I have no idea.
TIM EWART: This made things worse: Israeli rockets hit a Christian area of the city in the neighborhood which is home to large numbers of foreigners. The targets included trucks, possibly mistaken for rocket launchers. The Israelis haven't hit areas like this before, and there was immediate alarm.
What's happened here has caused more panic than damage, but it has raised questions about the boundaries of the Israeli attacks. At Beirut's port, British warships were back for the second day. They carried more than 500 people to Cyprus, British passport-holders who had been called to a rendezvous in the center of the city early in the morning.
This cruise liner was waiting to transport 1,000 Americans in style. There were Brazilian hostesses to greet them and a fruit punch to send them on their way. The Canadians, by contrast, were queuing in the baking sun. More ships will be back tomorrow.