Volunteers helping the victims of the hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah are finding it extremely difficult to reach affected villages and towns due to indiscriminate bombing. According to volunteers, the Israeli army has been shelling their routes, hitting civilians, humanitarian aid workers and volunteers. Such life-threatening situations can easily dampen spirits and discourage anyone. But volunteers on both sides of the Israel-Lebanon border are committed – to the extent of endangering their lives – in providing emergency relief and evacuation support to the displaced and injured.

This photo gallery documents the invaluable humanitarian assistance provided by these courageous volunteers, most of them local people - and in some cases refugees and victims themselves.

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On July 21, 2006, Red Cross volunteer Deborah Oliver-Davis shares a lighter moment with Alex Hamdan and his son Alexander, who were evacuated from Lebanon. The Hamdan family spent the first two weeks of their vacation enjoying the world cup games. After the fighting started, the family fled to the hills where they could hear helicopters and the echo of bombs. (Photo Credit: Hector Emanuel/American Red Cross)On July 21, 2006, Red Cross volunteer Deborah Oliver-Davis shares a lighter moment with Alex Hamdan and his son Alexander, who were evacuated from Lebanon. The Hamdan family spent the first two weeks of their vacation enjoying the world cup games. After the fighting started, the family fled to the hills where they could hear helicopters and the echo of bombs. (Photo Credit: Hector Emanuel/American Red Cross)


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