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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 10:53 GMT 11:53 UK
'Trapped near the Israeli border'
Queues form outside a bakery in Tyre, southern Lebanon
Lines of people wait to buy bread in Tyre, southern Lebanon
Marianne Abbas is a US citizen whose husband is Lebanese. They are stranded with their children in a hotel in Tyre, just 20km (12 miles) from Lebanon's border with Israel and a target for the Israeli warplanes.

She told the BBC what life was like amid the Israeli bombings.

We're in this rest-house waiting for word from the embassy to see if they're going to come and get us or if we're supposed to take a chance and drive to Beirut.

We're running out of food and water for the children, [milk] formula and diapers

It's a dilemma because we're really, really scared to get into a car - we have two babies, and everyone is scared. The roads are bad, and it would be a huge chance on our lives.

We came for summer vacation and we had been here for a month and a half or so when the bombings began. Our reservations to go back home to the States were 2 August.

We've been here in the rest-house now for five days. We were holding up for the first few days quite well, and now it's getting bad because we're running out of food and water for the children, [milk] formula and diapers, and they're tired [voice breaks].

Lebanon map

When we left our village, the bombs were going off everywhere.

We were eating lunch, and the table started shaking, the food was jumping off the table, we all just jumped up and the children were screaming. It was really hard.

I'm trying to believe that the embassy is doing everything they can for us. I'm trying to stay in close contact with them, but it's hard to get through - the lines are really busy.

They keep telling us to watch the news, but they don't understand that we're losing frequency with the news stations. We don't have access to radios or internet.

And they're telling us to watch for evacuation points, but the information we're getting conflicts.

We don't know if we should take a chance and leave or if we should wait for them to come in to get us from this hotel.

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