I have just talked to a friend who is working for the World Health Organisation, currently in Beirut. He was flown into Lebanon when everybody else had already been evacuated (I am of course talking about the internationals, since most Lebanese do not have the chance to leave the country, many of them can't even leave the South). The WHO's office has been attacked by demonstrators in his first week, and the staff has been evacuated to North Beirut. It's about 140 people of UN staff all in all, he says, and they are trying to recruit more every day. There are about 60 people waiting to be let into the country in Damascus, all set on the task to build a new base in Tyrus.
It does not feel good to have a friend in North Beirut, even if he keeps telling me that the Israeli attacks are locally limited. On the other hand, I think it is necessary to show the Lebanese that the international community does care enough to send people to help rebuild the country. Because this is what has to and doubtless will happen. Maybe the UN resolution France and the US have worked out this weekend will at least stop the hardship of both peoples.
I would also like to bring to your attention that the current pope has been rather outspoken on the conflict between Israel and the Hizb'Allah (read about it here). I am not writing this because I am a big fan of the Roman Catholic church, but because I think spiritual leaders of all denominations taking a stance on what is happening may actually help. Perhaps people like Chamenei would listen to them rather than to politicians?