Thousands of cars flooded Lebanon's bombed out highways heading south within an hour of a UN cease-fire taking hold, and Lebanese army troops scrambled to repair roads in time for the deluge of refugees returning home.
Many did not know if their houses still stood.
Cars packed with luggage, some with mattresses strapped to the roof, sat in a traffic jam more than a kilometer long on the Zahrani highway, which links the southern cities of Nabatiyeh, Tyre and Sidon. Four or five lines of cars were forced to merge into one lane because of damage to the road.
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