A group of more than 100 Spaniards have been evacuated from Lebanon. They arrived at a military base in Madrid after a plane sent by the Spanish government picked them up in Damascus. The evacuees included 10 people of other nationalities. One of the Spanish evacuees, Rosa Alvarez, said she had been very scared. She criticised the US government.
“Other people still there,” she said, “don’t know if they are going to be able to leave tomorrow. Bridges have been destroyed and with all that the American president says Israelis have the right to defend themselves. They are bombing children and no one is doing anything about it”. The crisis is being closely followed by Lebanese communities across Europe.
In Paris, Jean-Pierre Khoury, of Lebanese origin, has a ticket to travel to Lebanon but realises it is too dangerous to go.
His brother is already there. Their mother is concerned about his safety. “It’s a worry because we’ve not been able to get through to him or my mother, brother or sister-in-law on the phone,” she said. Jean-Pierre’s colleagues at the cafe he works in have been trying to get through to friends in Lebanon, often without success. The television news is one of the few sources of information they have as the crisis unfolds.