Beirut: UN humanitarian head calls to end violence

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July 23, 2006 11:53

 
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The United Nations' top humanitarian official on Sunday inspected first hand the destruction caused by Israeli air raids on south Beirut and called for an end to violence as he began a relief mission to war-ravaged Lebanon. Jan Egeland arrived earlier in the day and went straight to the suburbs of south Beirut, where Hizbullah had its headquarters stronghold. Making his way around the piles of debris from the incessant bombardment of the area, he stressed the need for a halt to the hostilities. "If it continues like this, there will be more and more civilian casualties," he told reporters.

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