A transit centre in Vienna, Austria, for Israel bound emigrants from the Soviet Union, will almost certainly be closed because of complaints by local residents.
A transit centre in Vienna, Austria, for Israel bound emigrants from the Soviet Union, will almost certainly be closed because of complaints by local residents. The center - the third to have operated in Austria in the last year - was opened by Red Cross on 31 August.
The Mayor of Vienna, Herr Leopeld Gratz, said on Saturday (7 September) he would seek a new site for the centre. Local authorities are expected to approach the Red Cross within the next few weeks offering an alternate site and reimbursement for the transfer costs.
Residents of housing estates near the camp, in the district of Simmering, say they ar afraid of possible guerrilla attacks. However, Herr Gratz said there was no danger to life, but there was cause for genuine anxiety.
The camp is surrounded by coils of barbed wire and is patrolled by guards, carrying machine-guns. The centre was opened as a replacement for the Scheenau Camp, 18 miles (30km) from Vienna, which the Austrian Government closed as part of a bargain with Arab guerrillas during a hostage incident in September, last year.
After the closing of Schoenau, Jewish emigrants were processed through a temporary centre at Weellersdorf, 28 miles (45km) from Vienna. The centre, a former army camp, reverted to the forces after the centre at Simmering was opened last month.
SYNOPSIS: The former Scheenau transit camp, near Vienna, which was closed by Austrian authorities ??? part of a bargain with Arab guerrillas ??? year ago.
The camp was a major link in a Red Cross chain, assisting jewish emigrants leaving the Soviet Union and bound of Israel.
After Schoenau was closed, the Red Cross took over an army camp at Weellersderf, twenty-eight miles from the capital, and the emigrants were processed there.
On 31 August, the Red Cross opened a new camp in the simmering district of Vienna. The camp, surrounded by barbed were and patrolled by armed security guards, has struck early trouble. It is situated close to an extensive housing estate, and local residents have protested.
Their pretests began as soon as they discovered the purpose of the new camp.
The residents say they're afraid of possible guerrilla attacks on the centre.
Vienna's Mayor Herr Leopled Gratz, said on Saturday there was no danger to life... but there was cause for anxiety. And because of this the camp probably will be closed.
However, the city is expected to offer the Red Cross a new site and financial aid.