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Lebanon: World Vision concerned over aid worker deaths

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World Vision is concerned that the killing of two Lebanese Red Cross workers at the Naher el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp Monday afternoon sets a dangerous precedent that threatens the already fragile lifeline to thousands of civilians still trapped there.

Since the fighting started one month ago, World Vision has called on all parties to distinguish between combatants and civilians and to ensure neutral and impartial access to aid distribution," said advocacy manager Patricio Cuevas-Parra. "This incident is a clear violation of internationally accepted principles that protect humanitarian workers who deliver aid in a crisis. All parties must ensure safe humanitarian access for aid workers."

Over the past four weeks, World Vision has delivered nearly 4,500 baby hygiene kits containing diapers/nappies, baby crème and wipes, water sterilisation tablets and other critical items to protect the health of the youngest and most vulnerable displaced Palestinian refugees in the Beddawi, Bourj el-Barajneh, Shatila and el-Buss Palestinian refugee camps, as well as in the Bekaa Valley.

World Vision has also distributed 150 baby cribs/cots and sets of baby clothes to women with infants or who are pregnant and expect to deliver soon in the Beddawi camp. Sixty more cribs will be distributed Thursday to the Bourj el-Barajneh and Shatila camps, where smaller numbers of displaced refugees have moved. World Vision has also provided 20 water mattresses to children with disabilities.

Together with other local and international partners, World Vision is supporting the creation of child friendly spaces by providing five tents and recreation kits to partners who are organising the activities. World Vision will also supply a kit containing a cap, toys and crayons and a colouring book to 2,000 children between three and 13 years of age. Older children will receive a cap.

World Vision is also contributing to the child protection network by hiring an IT specialist to design a database and enter data collected by the network to track cases of vulnerable children and link these cases to a referral system.