Dutch news in brief, 1 August 2006

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Netherlands increases aid to Lebanon

Netherlands increases aid to Lebanon

The Netherlands is providing an additional EUR 3.5 million in aid to the Lebanese victims of the war. The money will be divided between several organisations to pay for medical care, shelter and food supplies for Lebanese civilians fleeing from the fighting in the south of the country. Last week Aid Minister Agnes van Ardenne gave EUR 1 million to the International Red Cross for relief in Lebanon.

Philips building in leak scare

One of the Philips buildings in Eindhoven was evacuated on Tuesday because of a leak of hydrochloric acid. The four people in the building at the time were unhurt. The area was sealed off and the Fire Brigade began work to neutralise the acid. 

Report downplays snake plague

The infestation of Russian Rat snakes in Eelde, Drenthe province is passed its peak, a spokesperson for the local municipality said on Tuesday. Snake expert Walter Getreuer of the reptile zoo Serpo in Delft found only limited signs of the snakes when he examined the area near Eelde airfield. There have been dozens of sightings by locals in recent weeks of the constrictors that can grow to two metres in length. They don't pose a threat to humans.

No further probe into jail suicide

Justice officials have decided not to carry out a further investigation into the suicide of prisoner Wilhelm Schippers last month. He was beginning an eight-year term for the murder of an elderly man in Amsterdam. Schippers was on the run at the time of the killing, having escaped from a TBS behaviour modification clinic. He had previous convictions for sexual offences and was on medication to control his outbursts.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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