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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 19) - Efforts are underway to evacuate three Fiji families in Lebanon following a week of heavy fighting between Hezbollah militants and Israeli troops.

Fiji TV reports a couple works for the United Nations and is in Tyre south of Lebanon.

The other two families are in the area but have not been heard of since the offensive began over a week ago.

Former Fiji army spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Filipo Tarakinikini, who is based in Jerusalem, overseeing the evacuation of U-N staff says the families will be evacuated.

Tyre has been on the receiving end of Israel's heavy artillery attacks and air raids.

In the last few days, all access to and from South Lebanon has been cut off.

A general advice has been issued for residents to remain indoors, until a ceasefire is reached between the two parties.

July 20, 2006


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