Colombia to evacuate citizens from Lebanon

Colombia is sending a plane to evacuate more than 100 of its citizens fleeing the fighting in Lebanon, a senator helping to organize the mission said Tuesday. The news comes as a group of Colombian legislators of Middle Eastern descent demanded that the government step up calls for a cease-fire to stop the fighting between Israel and Hizbullah. "We're going to get more than 100 Colombians in the war there and bring them directly to Colombia," said Sen. Jairo Clopatofsky. "We received the help of the air force, a Hercules (plane) will leave Wednesday." The plane will fly to the Syrian capital of Damascus, where it will pick up Colombians expected to travel there overland from Lebanon. The mission will also deliver some 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of medicine which will be transported to Lebanon.