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Syrian single-man arrives in Montreal to reunite with uncle and aunt

Second plane of Canada-bound Syrian refugees lands in Montreal

A Canadian military jet loaded with 161 Syrian refugees landed Montreal Saturday evening.

 Members of the Kanou family from Laval Quebec arrive at the Canadian government welcoming centre in Montreal to pick up a family member as part of the first wave of refugees to arrive in Montreal, Quebec on Saturday, December 12, 2015.PETER MCCABE / THE TORONTO STAR

Members of the Kanou family from Laval Quebec arrive at the Canadian government welcoming centre in Montreal to pick up a family member as part of the first wave of refugees to arrive in Montreal, Quebec on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

MONTREAL—When the airplanes passed over the Syrian city of Hama, Nawal Jzdan’s family would crowd into the bathroom of their apartment and cower in fear until the threat of errant bombs dropping from the sky had passed.

On Saturday night, the sound of incoming and outgoing jet engines was the first instalment of what Jzdan’s family considers a blessing—one they credit to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Her 23-year-old nephew, Eyad Kannab, was one of 161 Syrian refugees to arrive in Montreal.

“Thank you Canada. Thank you Quebec. Thank you Mr. Trudeau. He said it and he did it,” said Jzdan’s husband Antoin Kanou.

Of those on the first flight to land in Montreal, which is home to Canada’s largest Syrian expatriate population, all but one were being privately sponsored by relatives, churches and other groups in Quebec’s largest city and its suburbs of Laval and Longueuil, federal immigration officials said.

One individual on the flight was heading on to Charlottetown, PEI.

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