The first ship to evacuate Europeans from Lebanon has docked in Cyprus. More than three hundred and fifty people were on board an Italian naval vessel that arrived in the eastern coastal town of Larnaca. For many the relief of escaping from the Israeli bombing is mixed with sadness and anxiety about friends and relatives who were left behind. “I’m thankful that I got out but I’m depressed too because I left my father, my job, my country and all my friends. I would have liked to be there when my son is born but…” one woman said.
“This war has really shaken us. We’ve watched as a country so beautiful and so dear to us is martyred. Every day there are new incursions, new disasters, new fears,” another woman added. The Swedish foreign ministry says a ferry with a capacity of one thousand six hundred will sail from the Greek island of Crete to Beirut today to collect more evacuees.