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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Since hostilities began in Lebanon, some two weeks ago, more than 5,000 Lebanese Red Cross (LRC), volunteers and staff, working under increasingly dangerous and life-threatening situations, continue to distribute essential relief and medicines to displaced families, sometimes at the peril of their life, especially in the south of the country. (Photo: IFRC)Since hostilities began in Lebanon, some two weeks ago, more than 5,000 Lebanese Red Cross (LRC), volunteers and staff, working under increasingly dangerous and life-threatening situations, continue to distribute essential relief and medicines to displaced families, sometimes at the peril of their life, especially in the south of the country. (Photo: IFRC)


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