Flight from the bombings: evacuation gathers pace
Published time: 18 Jul, 2006 04:02 Edited time: 18 Jul, 2006 08:02
Foreigners flee Lebanon and Gaza as Israel continues its bombardment. The first aircraft carrying Russians from Gaza has reached Moscow.
More Russians are expected to arrive back home over the next 24 hours from among around 100 Russian families living in
.Leaving was not an easy process, as Gaza refused the use of Ben Gurion international airport. Those fleeing had to travel to Israel Jordan, and fly from the capital, . Most have left family members behind since Amman will not allow Palestinians through its territory, even with Russian passports. Israel Israel has temporarily lifted an air and sea blockade on to allow thousands of foreigners to leave. Lebanon Russia's foreign ministry says 1,500 of its citizens are due leave Lebanon via . Syria has begun helping its 20,000 citizens there. Reports say up to 800 French people and other Europeans escaped on a Greek cruise liner chartered by the French government. Thousands of Americans fled on Monday and France became the latest to offer aid to its own people. An emergency plan is in place to help all its 12,000 citizens there. After six days of Israeli attacks on India Lebanon, at least 210 people across are reported killed. Violence began when members of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers last week. Lebanon