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Last Updated: Friday July 21 2006 06:45 GMT

Lebanon Britons arrive in Cyprus

HMS Bulwark at a port in Lebanon

More than 1,000 British people escaping the violence in Lebanon have arrived in Cyprus on a Royal Navy ship.

They're leaving the country because it isn't safe there with Israel and Lebanon still fighting each other.

About 1,300 British people were taken to Cyprus on HMS Bulwark and will now fly back to the UK.

Those on HMS Bulwark had the chance to watch Harry Potter films in the officers' rooms to stop them getting bored during the 12-hour journey.

As many as 22,000 Britons or people with British connections live in Lebanon and around 5,000 of them are expected to leave the country.

British people on board HMS Bulwark
It was very crowded on HMS Bulwark

Israel started air strikes on Lebanon last week after two of its soldiers were seized by Lebanese armed group Hezbollah.

Hezbollah fighters have been firing hundreds of missiles into northern Israel.

More than 300 Lebanese people - mostly civilians - and 29 Israelis, including 15 civilians killed by Hezbollah rocket attacks, have been killed since the fighting began.