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Last Updated: Wednesday August 09 2006 17:44 GMT

Newsround talks to refugee kids

Newsround presenter Ellie talks to Vera at a refugee camp in Israel
As the conflict rumbles on in the Middle East, Newsround's Ellie has been visiting a refugee camp in Israel.

Nitzanim is the biggest camp for people who have had to leave their homes because of the violence between Israel and the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Vera and her family had to leave their home in northern Israel when a rocket hit it, narrowly missing her parents.

She told Newsround: "I want to go back home. I can't stand it any more. I want everything to go back to normal."

More than a million people have had to leave their homes and the refugee crisis appears to be getting worse after four weeks of conflict.

Vera, whose family have taken shelter at an Israeli refugee camp
In Israel, special camps are being set up to look after families who've had to move. Hundreds of thousands have moved to the north of the country or have left it altogether hoping to get shelter abroad.

What was an empty beach has been turned into a mini city by a Russian billionaire to temporarily house 6,000 Israelis who have nowhere else to go.

Not a holiday camp

Although there's free food, a theatre and lots of entertainment for kids, it's still not a happy place.

Ellie talks to Lizo in the studio
Vera said she just wanted everything to return to as it had been.

She told Ellie: "I feel really bad for the children in Lebanon too as they've got nothing to do with what's going on

"I want the war to end and that my home town will be rebuilt. It looks terrible now."



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