Dutch expats evacuated from Lebanon
UPDATED 18 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — The first Dutch citizens evacuated from Lebanon arrived back in the Netherlands on Tuesday morning.
UPDATED 18 July 2006
AMSTERDAM — The first Dutch citizens evacuated from Lebanon arrived back in the Netherlands on Tuesday morning.
Two planes landed at Eindhoven air force base after a long delay at Aleppo in Syria. The continued rocket attacks between Lebanon and Israel have created tension in the entire region and the planes were unable to take off sooner.
The group of 250 people that disembarked at Eindhoven was made up mainly of women and children. They were welcomed by their relatives and friends. Eindhoven Mayor Alexander Sakkers also turned up to greet them.
Amid scenes of tearful reunions, one woman told broadcaster RTL that the situation in Lebanon was like a "bad film".
Buses carrying several hundred Dutch citizens arrived in Syria from Lebanon on Monday morning. Approximately 300 of the 350 people known to be resident in Lebanon were on the buses, the Foreign Ministry in The Hague said.
They decided to leave Lebanon in light of the Israeli air attacks and shelling, which in turn is a response to rocket attacks by Muslim fundamentalist group Hezbollah on Israel. Several countries have mounted similar evacuation operations.
Dutch airline KLM has suspended all flights to and from Beirut until further notice.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news