There are around 57,000 foreign citizens waiting to leave Beirut
as the fighting shows no signs of easing, but the mass evacuation plans have
only started to kick in over the last day or so. And with Lebanon’s
airport out of action, just about every nation trying to get its citizens out
of the war-torn country is experiencing problems. Most of the thousands of
weary and distraught foreigners leaving the country are being taken initially
to Cyprus by
ship. The sleepy port of Larnaca,
where the occasional cargo ship usually anchors once a week, is now bustling with
military and commercial ships. Meanwhile, thousands of Lebanese and foreigners
continue to attempt the risky overland journey to Syria,
the only other way out of the country at present.
And even though many people, including Kevin Rudd,
have been under the impression that Australia is the largest single
foreign presence, apart from American Lebanese, in Lebanon today,
countries like the Phillippines and Sri Lanka, with their huge numbers
workers, far outnumber us. They also have to contend with
the problem of keeping track of citizens who don’t have the means or
documents needed to leave.
|Country||No. of citizens in Lebanon||No. of citizens evacuated||Method of evacuation|
|315 – including 105 priority cases evacuated by the UK. At least 5,000 want to be evacuated.||
22,000, about 10,000 with dual nationality.
The first 180 evacuees arrived in Cyprus
Sent two warships to Beirut,
It’s estimated 5,000 to 10,000 will opt to be evacuated.
| From Beirut to Cyprus
under the protection of the destroyer USS Gonzalez. In addition, six CH-53
helicopters are evacuating citizens with special needs to Cyprus.
They will aim to air-lift out 300 people per day. A US Navy task force is due to arrive off Lebanon, with
the transport ship USS Nashville capable of ferrying up to 1,000
evacuees per day.
About 800 evacuees from Cyprus
|Canada||up to 45,000||2,000 due to be picked up today||
Seven vessels have been chartered, which will sail from Beirut
|Phillippines||34,000||Phillippines officials were exploring options, no evacuations so far.||Officials considering chartering ships, but said lack of
funds and planning was hampering efforts.
|India||12,000||100 have left for Syria, with plans to evacuate 1,000 more by ship over the next few days||India is sending four warships.|
|Sri Lanka||90,000||No evacuations so far||
The government in Colombo
|Bangladesh||at least 10,000||No evacuations so far||
The government in Dhaka is seeking
Another 1,200 are awaiting charter flights from Damascus.
|Sweden||5,000||1,488||Swedish expatriates have been driven
to Syria, most to Aleppo in chartered buses. On Wednesday, Swedes arrived
in the Turkish port of Mersin. A further 1,500 were due to leave Beirut by ship for Cyprus.
|Spain||500||300||A chartered plane took Spaniards from Damascus to Madrid late on Tuesday, and another 152 arrived back after
By bus to Syria
By bus to Damascus, then by plane to Poland.
|Germany||up to 3,000||700||Evacuated in hired buses to Damascus, before flying to Germany in a fleet of military planes.|
|Greece||–||at least 398 by boat||Ship left Beirut port on Wednesday carrying Greek
nationals as well as hundreds of EU citizens. Greece has also chartered a plane.
|Austria||220||100||Evacuated by bus to Syria, then flights out of Damascus|
|Morocco||several dozen nationals||–||Evacuated by road to Syria, then C130 transport planes.|
Evacuated to Turkey,
Latin American nations are pooling resources: Venezuela, Colombia
Russia is ready to co-operate with European nations to help
Figures have been collated using estimates from the most recent
reports and may vary slightly. We’ve left blanks where there’s no
information available so far.
Sources: BBC, Bloomberg.com,
CNN, Forbes, Globe And Mail, goGREECE.com, Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, news.com.au,
Radio Polonia, Reuters.