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More than 100,000 people flee Lebanon through Syria
More than 100,000 people have crossed into Syria from Lebanon over the past five days to escape Israeli attacks, Syrian authorities said on Monday.
Official data obtained by Reuters showed that at least 24,000 Lebanese entered Syria through four crossing points since Thursday, when Israeli Air Force strikes in response to the abduction of two soldiers by Hizbollah fighters intensified.
At least 27,000 Arabs, mostly Gulf tourists, also left, together with more than 6,500 foreigners and 19,000 Syrians.
Syrian border posts registered another 28,000 people leaving Lebanon, but their nationalities were not yet recorded.
Meanwhile, United Nations peacekeeping force in South Lebanon said on Monday it was unable to supply food and water to its troops or deliver humanitarian aid to civilians because Israel would not guarantee their safe passage.
The IDF have not responded to the UN's repeated requests to secure the safe transport of convoys carrying supplies to its positions, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said in a statement.
South Lebanon, which borders Israel, has been worst-hit in the Israel Defense Forces' six-day-old offensive against Hezbollah after the guerrilla group's capture of two IDF soldiers in a cross-border attack.