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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 14:03 GMT 15:03 UK
Lebanon aid convoy updates

By Ian Pannell
BBC News, Lebanon

A UN-led aid convoy carrying much-needed humanitarian supplies made its way by road on Wednesday from Beirut to Tyre in southern Lebanon, which has been particularly badly affected by Israeli air strikes.

0800 - THE CONVOY GETS READY

The first significant aid convoy to travel to the south of Lebanon gathered early this morning at Beirut harbour.

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Ten lorries have been filled with emergency medical kit to treat 50,000 people for the next three months, food supplies and vaccines.

It's now two weeks since the conflict erupted and aide agencies describe the humanitarian situation in the country as "very desperate".

This has been a complex mission to arrange involving the United Nations, other aid agencies and liaison with the Israeli military and Hezbollah.

The journey is expected to take as much as eight hours and will be a trial run for further aid missions.

1015 - DIVERTED FROM THE MAIN ROAD

The convoy has now been travelling two hours up into the mountains that surround Beirut. Already they have had to leave the main coastal road because of severe bomb damage from Israeli missile strikes.

Khalid Mansour, the spokesman for the UN in Lebanon says this will be used to try to establish an aid corridor through the country. "This is a litmus test for a system to allow safe passage for shipments and aid workers".

1248 - JOURNEY'S END

The aid convoy has now entered the southern port city of Tyre.

The consignment of medical supplies and food is being loaded into the vault of a bank in the city.

This has been a long and arduous journey.

In parts the convoy had to leave the main coastal road as bridges has been completely destroyed by Israeli missiles. At other points the convoy got stuck on dusty, back roads as other vehicles tried to pass by, full of people fleeing the area.






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