Russians Fleeing Syria War Cross into Lebanon to Travel to Moscow

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Four buses carrying Russian citizens escaping the Syrian civil war crossed the Masnaa border post on Tuesday to travel to Moscow via Beirut airport.

A Russian embassy official traveling with the group said about 80 people, mostly women and children, are on the buses.

Several men also have been seen in the first group of Russian citizens being evacuated from Syria.

Russia sent two planes to Beirut that will take the group home later.

A Russian diplomat told Agence France Presse earlier Tuesday that up to 150 Russians are preparing to flee the bloodshed in Syria over the next two days on board the two planes.

The diplomat insisted that the airlift was not the start of an operation to evacuate Russian nationals from Syria.

"There are thousands of Russian citizens in Syria. The issue is that the Russian airline is no longer flying to Damascus, so we are helping some 100, maximum 150 people to leave Syria via Beirut, which is very close," the diplomat said on the condition of anonymity.

"We are simply helping people who have gone to the Russian consulate in Damascus requesting assistance."

Though the Russian consulate in Damascus is open, the road linking the international airport to the capital has fallen prey to violence in recent weeks as rebels seek to cut off the regime's main link to the outside world.

The diplomat downplayed earlier reports that Moscow was evacuating its citizens from Syria.

"This is not an evacuation. There is no pressure at all on Russians in Syria to leave the country, because there are many areas in Damascus which are completely safe and free from violence or any clashes," the diplomat said.

He, however, said that the planes scheduled to leave on Tuesday and Wednesday would not be the last to help Russians flee the strife-torn country.

"It will be an ongoing operation. Whenever enough people request assistance at the consulate in Damascus, we will organize for new planes," the diplomat added.

Moscow, a staunch ally of Damascus, has been steadfast in its support of President Bashar Assad's regime since the conflict erupted in March 2011.

Comments 21
Thumb jabalamel 22 January 2013, 11:58

cia and mossad saw that some russians go home, and than they published "evacuation" lie.

what is most fascinating is that they now spend their times on lies that are debunked next day

Missing realist 22 January 2013, 22:41

hey jabal, are you for real? are things getting better for the regime versus time or worse? didnt nasrala say on manar a year ago 'syria kharajat min da`eret khatar' then changed his mind dramaticaly this year saying that syria is in extremely dangerous position (i.e the regime), isnt he advocating for peace between the regime and the rebels (because the regime cant win). ya zalami y are you blind?

Thumb jabalamel 22 January 2013, 12:04

and is fascinated that day before, when mossad lie went public, how the filthy zionist scum celebrated, proclaimed the end of assad and similar stupidities

Thumb Chupachups 22 January 2013, 12:27

Jabalahbal, please tell me what it is then ?

Ur living in denial

Thumb jabalamel 22 January 2013, 12:44

being caught in a blatant lie, one of many, the fithly zionist still won't recognize they were fools once more,

Missing rafehh 22 January 2013, 12:32

It does not bode well for the regime when it cannot secure the international airport.

Thumb jabalamel 22 January 2013, 12:44

maybe the russians wanted to see lebanon before going home

Thumb andre.jabbour 22 January 2013, 18:57

The good side is that the Russians might spend some hours in our deserted downtown and help our economy :D

Ain't lookin' good for the giraff

Missing mohammad_ca 22 January 2013, 22:12

no man they came to see the mazbale called da7ye

Missing realist 22 January 2013, 22:43

news flash jabal, the mossad/israel taba3ak are building a 90 km wall in the golan heights!!! why does israel all of a sudden feel threatened?? where was this fear when bashar and his dad ruled for 40 years?? ru7 l3ab edam baytak, nkashaftu kilkun and israel loves your bashar who was her wall against the arabs for 40 years straight.

Thumb shab 22 January 2013, 13:01

Russian pilgrims returning to their motherland

Thumb jabalamel 22 January 2013, 16:34

i know you would like to return to lebanon but you are banished forever

Missing realist 22 January 2013, 22:44

jabal, people who think there is nothing going on in Syria and assad forver bla bla bla are the ones who are brainwashed. I know staunch hizbula supporters who confess that the regime's days re numbered. You are jursa even to the hizzie community

Missing beirutbastard00 23 January 2013, 06:51

Lol Sidon. It really is funny that the loudest mouth in Lebanon isn't even in Lebanon!

Thumb Chupachups 22 January 2013, 14:22

Jabal ahbal, u did not answer my question... Instead u just ranted about some Zionist u keep dreaming and hallucinating about

Thumb jabalamel 22 January 2013, 16:33

the filthy zionist scum complains that i didn't answer his question

by now he should have learned that i don't speak to him, since he is the enemy and patriotic people do no speak with enemies

Missing peace 22 January 2013, 21:14

stop answering to the idiotic ahbal... you give him too much importance by doing so...and he is happy . just ignore him , that s all he deserves: indifference!

Thumb andre.jabbour 22 January 2013, 21:18

Aeroflot flight 511 takes off tonight at 1:15AM.

Thumb shab 23 January 2013, 02:47

raw7a bala raj3a

Missing ssnp01 23 January 2013, 04:12

The Russian scum shouldn’t be allowed to use our Airport,their government has blocked every move to get rid of Assad ,therefore they should stay & die in Syria .

Thumb jabalamel 23 January 2013, 17:20

the filthy zionist scum still think i live in canada