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Situation Worsens As Fighting Continues in Lebanon and Israel

The death toll increases and the humanitarian crisis deepens as fighting continues in Lebanon and Israel. Independent Television News reports.

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  • JULIAN MANYON, ITV News Correspondent:

    Another explosion rocked Tyre, and we raced to the scene. A missile possibly from an Israeli helicopter had hit an apartment building, causing light damage.

    The reaction was anger, and this time the anger was turned against journalists. A photographer was repeatedly punched and kicked. Fear and tension from the Israeli attacks was making passions boil over, and we beat a hasty retreat.

    Nearby residents of the area bombed by the Israeli air force yesterday were still in shock. An elderly man is believed to be lying beneath the rubble, but no heavy equipment has been brought in because of the fear of another Israeli strike. Three woman and two children are still in hospital.

    The bombing caused relatively few casualties, all of them civilians, but it's been another big psychological blow for the people of Tyre. And many who were trying to hang on here have now decided to flee.

    A fresh wave of frightened people is leaving Tyre for the north. Some form convoys in the hope that will provide protection from Israeli war planes.

  • LEBANESE CITIZEN:

    After what happened yesterday, everyone I think — you have seen. Most of the people here in Tyre want to leave, because maybe, maybe the Israelis will kill us.

  • JULIAN MANYON:

    Their last sight of Tyre is the damage left by an Israeli bomb. The main road north is still closed, so these people are forced onto dirt tracks for a nerve-wracking journey that will take several hours, through areas that are still being attacked.

    But some are still trying to stay in Tyre. They include 200 refugees from further south camped in an empty school. These people want to stay as close as possible to their home villages and say they will not move on.

    But like tens of thousands of other Lebanese, they have lost control of their lives, and no one can tell them when they will see their homes again.