Summary: Humanitarian crisis in Lebanon: Commissioner Michel's visit to Tel Aviv to urge for Israeli action (18 August 2006: Brussels:)
The two EU representatives, who had previously spent three days in Lebanon (see IP/06/1103) described to their Israeli counterparts the emergency situation the Lebanese people are facing, despite the cessation of hostilities, due to the lack of basics such as food, medicines, fuel and electricity, and destroyed infrastructure (houses, roads, bridges etc.). The Commissioner also urged Israel to provide all remaining maps of land mines in Lebanon. He said: "Displaced Lebanese people now returning to South Lebanon are going back to a dangerous environment where unexploded ammunition and land mines can cause great harm, especially to children at play." It is estimated that around 10% of ammunition did not explode when fired.
Visit to Haifa
The two EU representatives also went to Haifa to visit houses damaged by Hezbollah rockets and talked to families whose homes were destroyed. Commissioner Michel strongly condemned all attacks on civilian targets, stressing that people had suffered on all sides. In Haifa's Rambam hospital, which itself had been in the firing line of Hezbollah rockets, they visited injured soldiers.