Other Countries Evacuated
Lebanon Quickly and Smoothly
July 19, 2006 9:48 AM
Ingrid Anid and Astrid Hill Report:

Americans in Lebanon are finally boarding cruise ships to Cyprus today after patiently waiting for the Department of State to begin an evacuation process. While they waited, other countries implemented programs quickly to get their citizens to safety.

Italy implemented its crisis program faster than any other nation, organizing buses to Syria on July 16, where approximately 600 citizens boarded military planes to Cyprus or directly to Italy — all free of charge.

“The crises unit in Rome works very well. Also, we have a strong tradition of operation in the Middle East, especially with Syria,” explained a representative from the Italian Consulate in Washington, D.C.

A representative from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome expressed shock at the prospect of charging its citizens for protection and safety, “This is a humanitarian operation. Why would we?”

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