Two British Royal Air Force jets arrived in Nicosia on Friday night (10 December) with 270 people from the West Pakistani port city of Karachi.
Two British Royal Air Force jets arrived in Nicosia on Friday night (10 December) with 270 people from the West Pakistani port city of Karachi. They were lifted from Karachi via Masirah Island, south of Muscat and Oman in the Gulf.
The passengers--mainly Britian--also included Greeks, Italians, Swiss, Canadians and a German. Many of the children on the flights appeared exhausted and afraid after a week of Indian air raids and Pakistani anti-aircraft fire.
Three flights were exported to arrive in Nicosia on Saturday followed by two more on Sunday.
SYNOPSIS: Nicosia on Friday, and the arrival of a 'plane-load of European evacuees out of the air-raided city of Karachi in West Pakistan. Earlier that day, transport aircraft had lifted them from Karachi to Masirah Island, south of Muscat and Oman in the Gulf. There they had been switched to this British Royal Air Force VC-10. Most of the evacuees were British--others were Greek, Italian, Swiss, Canadian and German.
They had spent a week of sleepless nights in which raiding Indian aircraft were met by a heavy Pakistani anti-aircraft barrage. In Cyprus, British High Commission staff were looking after their accommodation.
The second 'planeload brought the total of evacuees to 270--mostly women and children. Only 45 men were on board. One British lady passenger said her children had been terrified by the explosions all around them. Every night she and her family had been forced to go into trenches they had dug in their garden. Many of the children appeared exhausted by their experience. Three further flights were expected to arrive on Saturday followed by two more on Sunday.