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"The Israelis seem to have stepped up the offensive. Yesterday, the doctor at the local hospital in Tyre described to me yesterday was the day of the cars, and by that he meant that cars carrying refugees heading out of south Lebanon to north of the Litani River were being hit systematically mainly by Israeli helicopter gunships," Mr Blanford said.
"I saw one minibus that was carrying 19 people, who were fleeing from a village... and they were hit by an Israeli helicopter missile a few minutes before we arrived.
"Three people were killed and the remaining 19 wounded to varying degrees, some of them very seriously and others lightly hurt."
He says incidents like the one he described were happening all over south Lebanon and doctors in local hospitals had confirmed 41 people wounded and three killed.
"And they were basically women and children, most of these people, in cars heading north trying to get out of south Lebanon, heeding Israeli warnings to flee their villages but being caught up in Israeli air strikes," he said.