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Relief Agencies Delay Aid Convoys in Lebanon


International aid agencies say they have delayed aid shipments to southern Lebanon for safety reasons.

The United Nation's World Food Program and the International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday that at least six of their convoys carrying food, water and medicines have been unable to continue into southern Lebanon. They said Israel and Hezbollah have not guaranteed safe passage.

Since last week when the first aid convoys reached southern Lebanon, aid agencies have been notifying Israel and Hezbollah and waiting for acknowledgment before sending trucks south.

The Geneva-based World Food Program said Tuesday the agency had to postpone two aid shipments destined for southern Lebanon.

The Red Cross said four of its convoys were unable to make their deliveries.

But Mercy Corps, an independent non-profit agency, says it reached the southern Lebanese town of Marjayoun Tuesday. Mercy Corps says it delivered food and other aid to residents who were completely out of food.

Mercy Corps says it did not wait for guarantees of safety from Israel and Hezbollah.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.