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Sunday, October 19, 2003

Israel to the rescue . . . again

One hundred plus Israelis rescued from Bolivian chaos
Arutz Sheva:
The 100 Israeli hikers who were trapped in the El-Lobo Hotel in La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, were rescued this morning (Israel time), together with most of Israel's diplomatic corps in the country, and they are now on their way to neighboring Peru. Domestic violence has overtaken parts of Bolivia, with thousands of rioters burning malls and businesses and demanding the resignation of the President.

The Israelis, together with tourists from other countries, were trapped in the hotel for six days. Israeli Ambassador to Bolivia Reuven Meron and Security Chief Shlomo Garda will remain in Bolivia for the meanwhile.

Local police guarded the three buses that took the Israelis on a 40-minute trip to the local airport today, with the Israelis lying on the floor of the bus as an added precaution. They passed overturned cars, burning fires and rock-strewn streets on their way.