Thousands Board Ships to Flee Beirut

American citizens and nationals of other countries are being evacuated from Lebanon by the thousands to escape continued fighting between Israeli forces and Hezbollah. Many Americans boarded cruise ships and ferries bound for nearby Cyprus.

ALEX CHADWICK, host:

From the studios of NPR West, this is DAY TO DAY. I'm Alex Chadwick.

NOAH ADAMS, host:

And I'm Noah Adams. Coming up, a new report on torture by the Chicago police.

CHADWICK: First, to Lebanon where Israeli troops and tanks cross the border today in the battle against Hezbollah. The militant Islamist group says its fighters killed three Israeli soldiers. And dozens of Lebanese are reported to have been killed by Israeli bombing around the country.

ADAMS: Many foreigners are getting out as fast as they can. Hundreds of Americans left on the cruise ship, Orient Queen, today. One of them was Ali Shirara(ph) who is in the real estate business in Detroit.

ALI SHIRARA (Detroit Realtor): I've never been as terrified as I've been in the last few days. It's been terrible, sleepless nights, and all you hear is just the bombings, you know, throughout the evening and throughout the night. And you just don't know whether one of these rockets or missiles are going to, you know, come down on you or not. It was just terrible.

CHADWICK: We have a half dozen photos at our Web site, npr.org, that we got this morning. At the Web site, you can click on the program button and go to DAY TO DAY. These pictures are from an American photographer living in Beirut. And we will talk with her later in the program.

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