Speedy Danish evacuation draw attention

As countries scramble to rescue their citizens trapped in Lebanon, Denmark's evacuation efforts garner international attention

The air bridge established to evacuate Danish citizens from southern Lebanon has drawn international attention. Denmark's rescue mission has been the fastest at removing as many citizens as possible from the war ravaged country, reported the AP newswire.

More than 4000 Danish citizens have been evacuated from Lebanon after Hezbollah militants and Israeli military forces began fighting last week.

The majority of Danes were transported to Syria's capital, Damascus, where they were then flown back to Denmark on SAS airplanes chartered by the Danish government. The first planeloads of Danes arrived in Copenhagen on Monday and remaining Danish residents are expected to be flown home on Thursday, according to public service broadcaster DR.

Several other countries, however, have been criticised for taking too long to help their citizens stranded amidst the escalating violence between Israel and Hezbollah forces.

The US is among the countries drawing the most criticism, which evacuated it's first group of citizens on Wednesday.

US authorities expect to evacuate more citizens by way of nine American warships on Thursday and estimate that by Friday, 6000 American's will have left Lebanon.

Australia has also had difficulties evacuating citizens. Wednesday night some 2-3000 Australians were left stranded at the harbour in Beirut when the ship scheduled to sail them to safety was overbooked and forced to leave without them.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Prime Minister ordered the military jet he had been flying on during a tour of Europe to stop in Cyprus and pick up 120 Canadians evacuated from Lebanon.

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