Latvians flee Lebanon

  • 2006-07-19
  • By TBT staff
RIGA - A total of 52 residents of Latvia are reportedly caught up in Lebanon's war zone, the Latvian Foreign Ministry said.
Sixteen have already managed to return to Riga on their own.
A resident of Latvia, together with his Lebanese father, is said to have left Lebanon July 17 on board a French ship. The two reportedly arrived in Cyprus, where they received assistance from the Latvian honorary consul. The consul will help them carry on to Latvia, as soon as the Lebanese man gets his passport.
Another resident of Latvia left Lebanon by bus, travelling through Syria.
France has offered other Latvians who have sought assistance to leave Lebanon by ship.
Israel's armed forces launched military attacks on Lebanon last week after its radical Islamist group, Hezbollah, captured two Israeli soldiers. The conflict has claimed the lives of more than 200 people since July 12.