Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Syrian Man Stranded for Months at Airport in Malaysia Arrives in Vancouver

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Syrian Man Stranded for Months at Airport in Malaysia Arrives in Vancouver

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Syrian man stranded at airport lands in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER - A Syrian man who was stranded for seven months at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport arrived in Vancouver on Monday night.

Hassan Al Kontar thanked his friends and his lawyer in a video posted to Twitter for helping him leave Malaysia.

He says he videotaped the message at the Taiwan International Airport as he waited to board a flight to Vancouver, which he described as his final destination.

On his Twitter account, Al Kontar says Canadian volunteers gave him hope after he submitted an application for asylum.

A GoFundMe page set up for him by Canadian volunteers raised money for his flight to Canada and living expenses.

The fundraising page says the 36-year-old was refused a new Syrian passport in 2012 when he working in the United Arab Emirates and was facing military service in his home country, which he refused. …

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