Lebanon pullout: the desperate flee
Published time: 20 Jul, 2006 05:38 Edited time: 20 Jul, 2006 09:38
One of the largest evacuations since the Second World War is underway in the Middle East. Helicopters, warships and ferries are packed with people desperate to escape the violence.
Governments around the world moved quickly to help terrified citizens. With
Beirut's airport in tatters, many foreigners have taken the land route to to escape Israeli bombs, missiles and artillery fire. Others wait to be brought out by ship or helicopter to Syria . Cyprus Britain, the United States, France and Canada sent warships and chartered ferries to the Cypriot , to take their citizens home. Chinese, Australian, Italian, Indian and Swedish citizens have also been moved to safety.Around 5,000 Britons, 10,000 Americans and thousands of Canadians have opted for evacuation, and will leave in the next few days. Hundreds are back home thanks to help from the Russian government, though many remain in port of Larnaca awaiting assistance. Lebanon Russia’s embassy in is also helping citizens from former Soviet republics. Lebanon Belarus has no embassy in , and the Moldovan embassy wants money from its citizens before helping them leave. The embassy in Beirut Lebanon is working round the clock to organise more buses from Beirut to the . Twenty buses evacuated Russian citizens on Wednesday. Children, pregnant women and people from the south of airport of Latakia were first to be taken out. The process is expected to continue for several days. Lebanon