Sunday, July 23, 2006

Lebanon evacuees pour into Cyprus and Turkey

LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Thousands of people fleeing Israel's 12 days of bombing in Lebanon poured into Cyprus and Turkey on Sunday as the United Nations appealed for aid for the many more staying behind.

About 15 ships were expected at Cypriot ports overnight in what may be the peak of the organised evacuation effort that has so far whisked about 30,000 people to Cyprus, a small Mediterranean island struggling to cope with the influx.

Britain and the United States said they were starting to wind down operations but Cyprus said there may be another 40,000 people yet to come.

Turkey stepped in to share the burden and over 3,000 mostly Canadian, Australian and U.S. evacuees have arrived at its southern port of Mersin, welcomed by Red Crescent workers.

Read the whole story on Reuters

See also: Northern Cyprus joins evacuation efforts in Lebanon (Abhaber.com)

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