Middle East crisis: Volunteers respond to the need
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Young volunteers loading food onto trucks in a relief campaign based at an artists’ community in Beirut. (Bryan Denton for The New York Times)
26 July 2006
Refugees' care fall into volunteers' hands 
Beirut, Lebanon: Unconfirmed numbers of Lebanese have been displaced by the on-going assault between the Lebanon-based Hezbollah and Israeli army. But what is known is that caring for the refugees have largely fallen on volunteers.  Read article

From: The Daily Star, Lebanon
Volunteers at a border crossing point in Syria attending to people leaving Lebanon. (Courtesy: IFRC)
26 July 2006
Syrian volunteers help evacuees from Lebanon 
Volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society are working round the clock near crossing points at the Lebanon-Syria border to help thousands of people fleeing the fighting in Lebanon.  Read article
26 July 2006
Please give us a ceasefire, say volunteers by Tamer El-Ghobashy
Beirut, Lebanon: With their supplies of food and medicine being quickly consumed, volunteers tending to the thousands of displaced Lebanese welcomed United States' promise of US$30 million in humanitarian aid yesterday. But what they'd really like from the Bush administration is pressure on Israel for a ceasefire.  Read article
A Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) volunteer plays with a dog at a farm in Monteverde, 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, 25 July 2006, after they were moved from a shelter near a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut's southern suburbs because they were traumatized by the Israeli shelling. The howls of 133 canine refugees from Israeli attacks on Beirut echoed through the pine-and oak-covered hills above the Lebanese capital Tuesday. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
26 July 2006
Volunteers move pets to safety in Lebanon by Donna Abu Nasr (AP)
Monteverde, Lebanon: Animal welfare volunteers rescued over 200 abandoned pets in Beirut and moved them eastwards, away from airstrikes against Hezbollah strongholds in the south. Foreign embassies told evacuees fleeing Israeli bombardment that pets are not allowed on ships and helicopters transporting them to countries such as Syria and Cyprus.   Read article
Fatan Dakroub, a Lebanese volunteer of the Emirati-Lebanese Friendship Association, prepares boxes to send to Lebanon as part of humanitarian aid at the American University of Dubai, United Arab Emirates Monday, July 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
26 July 2006
Volunteers head north of Jerusalem to help Israel-Hezbollah conflict victims 
Haifa, Israel: Hundreds of volunteers have been steadily streaming towards north of Jerusalem since the daily shelling between Israel and Lebanon-based Hezbollah group started two weeks ago. Volunteers are leaving their jobs, studies and families to help beleaguered residents of Nahariya, Safed and Kiryat Shmona.  Read article

From: The Jerusalem Post, Israel
More about: Israel  Peacekeeping
Youth volunteers are busy sorting humanitarian assistance in the Lebanese Red Cross centres for distribution to the most vulnerable. (Courtesy: IFRC)
18 July 2006
2,400 Red Cross volunteers start rescue, relief work in Lebanon 
The Lebanese Red Cross has mobilized 2,400 emergency rescue and first aid volunteers, as well as some 200 ambulances to evacuate and provide emergency relief to people wounded or displaced in the bombings by Israeli army.  Read article

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