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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 17:36 GMT 18:36 UK
Voices from the conflict: Tuesday
Civilians in Lebanon, Israel and the occupied territories are increasingly affected by the conflict.

Here are some of their stories.


Lebanese dairy farmer, Mark Waked

We've been the victim of an Israeli assault. Yesterday at exactly 3am our dairy factory was hit by five to six missiles and the plant was completely destroyed.

The target was a Lebanese industrial institution. We are a dairy processing plant that distributes milk to the whole of the region.

We have no idea why we were targeted.

I have British and Lebanese nationality but I'm not leaving.

I have been building this plant for 10 years. Our business is settled here. Our duty is to stay here and rebuild whatever has been destroyed.

Of course we fear being hit again but it's something that we have to continue. We just can't give up and leave everything behind. If we leave, who will remain?


Many residents have left Tiberias
Streets are empty in the tourist town of Tiberias

I live in Tiberias, but I am now in Jerusalem.

I, my husband and nine children live in the block of flats immediately opposite the building which was hit in Saturday's rocket attack.

We were all having lunch at the time. All the windows blew in. Some of the children cut their feet and arms on the glass. Our flat is on the third floor of the seven-storey building.

We left the building and couldn't go back in because of the damage. We took a very big taxi for Jerusalem soon afterwards. We're now staying with some relatives.

We left without food, clothes or money. It will be about a week before we go back I think.

It was an enormous shock. We never expected anything like that. Everyone is very nervous and dazed. We are in shock, listless.

But no-one can wipe out the Jewish people because God is with us.


Lebanese resident, Gaby Bayram

I've set up a charity to help people in Beirut.

My friend's mother put up a poster saying "Beirut: a city that will never surrender" and I thought it would make a great T-shirt. Then my friend called me about this group organising food parcels. And it all clicked.

I've set up an online store to order and sell Beirut T-shirts, aprons and mugs. The money will go directly to charities helping victims of bombings.

Prices are higher for fruit and vegetables now. And there's no meat in a lot of the street restaurants. Grocer stores still have meat.

Most food comes from Bekaa which is over the mountains, and the roads from there have all been bombed. There's food in the country, but no way to move it.

I'm in the Hamra district of Beirut. It's an affluent, Christian area. The shops are still open, in fact it's busier than it was a couple of days ago.

All the foreigners are leaving. I'm sitting in an internet café and I can hear people talking about going.

They'll be back in three weeks or so, or whenever they think it's safe again.

Gaby's charity can be found at: http://www.cafepress.com/savebeirut

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