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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 10:54 GMT 11:54 UK
Voices from the conflict: Monday
Civilians in Lebanon, Israel and the occupied territories are increasingly affected by the conflict.

Here are some of their stories.

Naomi Sargeant, resident of Daroun-Harissa

I was in the office in Beirut office this morning when two very big bomb blasts went off. Windows rattle. Your heart just stops.

It was all surreal before, happening to other people, but this brought it home.

I live in Harissa, about 20-minutes drive from Beirut. I'm British, married to a Christian Lebanese.

My mother and grandparents have been visiting. They were airlifted with 40 others to Cyprus this morning. We got a call from the British embassy, all very secret.

Visibility is limited ... because of the bombing
It's chaos. There's a six-dollar limit on petrol per car. People are panic-buying the basics - bread, rice and flour. Lots of people are going to the banks but they are prevented from taking out too much.

This time of year it's normally very hot and sunny. But now there is a lot of haze, visibility is limited. It must be from the bombing.

Israel says it's hitting Hezbollah areas, but it's hitting Christian areas too. They hit the port of Jounieh - that's in a Christian area.

I work for a monthly English language arts and entertainment magazine. There's so much going on here, but in a matter of hours after the airport being struck, I had faxes coming in saying "cancelled, cancelled".

We were meant to be printing this week, but what can we write about in an arts magazine now? There's nothing.


The wounded are taken away in Haifa
Hezbollah missiles hit Haifa again, deep inside Israel

There have been more attacks here in Karmiel today, another four rockets. One hit a house and made a mess there. The home of one of my high school teachers was hit on Saturday.

This is my first experience of rockets. There is a siren that goes off. Here in Karmiel we get the rocket first, then the warning. In Haifa, they get the siren first.

we are staying put because we live here

We are spending more time on the ground floor of the house. When the rockets go off we jump in the cellar for 15 minutes because that's how long the attacks go on for. Then we gradually emerge.

Normally I'd be going to the gym, playing basketball on the streets, seeing my mates. Now I've just been sitting in front of the telly and computer all day.

Quite a few people have moved to the centre of the country. We are staying put because we live here.

Karmiel hosts the biggest dance festival in Israel every year. Groups come from all over the world and it attracts about a quarter of a million people. It was due to start tomorrow but it's been set back by six months.

I know it must be terrible for the Lebanese people, but for us in Israel, the situation is not as good as you may imagine.

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