Bariaa Shatila, Flagler College Math, Science, and Technology Department chair, is finally headed back to the United States with her family after being held up by bombings in Lebanon.
Her husband, Imad Shatila, has been patiently waiting for a phone call from her signifying her safe arrival back into America.
“I’m hoping she makes it today,” Imad Shatila said. “I’m expecting a phone call any minute from her.”
According to Shatila’s husband, she left Cyprus yesterday flying to Germany and from Germany to the United States. The travel time from Cyprus to the United States takes about 14 to 16 hours.
Barriaa Shatila and her two sons were visiting family in Beirut, Lebanon when all air traffic out of Lebanon was halted two weeks ago when Israel began bombing areas in Beirut. Israel was attempting to push back and end attacks from Hezbollah, a militant Islamic group, who bombed the Israel border and captured two Israeli soldiers.
The Gargoyle will keep this story updated as more information becomes available.