The Lebanese government has laid out an emergency plan in anticipation of a potential war. Interestingly, the government acknowledges that it won’t have the final say in the event of such a conflict and has thus sought assistance from the United Nations.
The emergency plan categorizes Lebanese areas into color-coded zones. Red zones include border countries and the southern region, specifically South Beirut, Baabda, Al-Hermel, and Baalback—areas most likely to be targeted by Israel.
Yellow zones, such as Tyre, Sidon, Beirut, Zahle, and West Beqaa, are designated for shelter, support, and aid. Green zones, including Chouf, Aley, Metn, and Beqaa, are expected to welcome displaced individuals. The government estimates that up to 1.5 million Lebanese could be displaced.
In the coming week, daily governmental meetings will focus on securing food and clean water supplies.
The plan also involves converting approximately 75 closed schools into shelters and allocating 20% of Beirut Port’s profits for infrastructure repairs in case of Israeli attacks.
A bank account has been set up by the Ministry of Health to ensure the availability of health services and humanitarian first aid.