WFP plans two UN convoys to Tyre and Sidon; statement corrects August 2 WFP press release; fuel crisis deepens.
WFP planned to send two UN humanitarian convoys from Beirut to Tyre and Sidon on Wednesday. A third convoy, which was held up in Tyre on Tuesday will also travel to Tebnin.
In addition, WFP plans its own daily convoy from the Syrian border town of Arida to Beirut.
Since the start of the crisis, WFP has dispatched nine humanitarian convoys to south Lebanon from Beirut, supplying the following locations: Tyre, Jezzine, Sidon, Qana and Tebnin.
In total, the convoys have delivered some 280 metric tons of food, enough to feed 80,000 people for one week, in adidtion to other relief supplies for WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNRWA and a number of NGOs including MSF, NPA and Mercy Corps. These supplies included medical kits, shelter materials and food.
In a news release issued on 2 August, WFP erroneously stated that out of three convoys planned that day to Tebnin, Rmeish and Naqoura, the Agency had only received the Israeli Defence Forces’ concurrence on safety to proceed to Tebnin.
In fact, the IDF had only declined its concurrence on safety for Rmeish – giving its concurrence for Tebnin and Naqoura. However, for logistical reasons, WFP decided to cancel the two trucks organised for Naqoura, which is on the route from Tyre to Rmeish.
To date, WFP has received IDF concurrence on safety for all its humanitarian convoys to all our planned destinations in Lebanon, with the exception of Rmeish and Marjayoun.
Rmeish and Marjayoun are the only instances where WFP has not received a go-ahead. All other convoys, including four to Beirut from the Syrian border town of Arida, have received concurrence from all sides.
One convoy from Arida, on Sunday, was cancelled by WFP for security reasons after large-scale demonstrations in Beirut, including a crowd invasion of the UN building
The situation regarding fuel is critical across the country. Almost all filling stations are closed, having run out. Even more importantly, fuel supplies for power stations and water pumping stations are all but exhausted.
WFP has successfully negotiated concurrence of safety from the IDF for two tankers to bring fuel into Beirut and Tripoli ports for the Lebanese Government.
One tanker is carrying 50,000 tons of fuel oil, and the other 37,000 tons of diesel oil. WFP’s involvement stemmed from its role as a humanitarian actor in Lebanon.