107 Chinese evacuate from Lebanon
By Xin Dingding (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-07-18 06:50
By 6pm Beijing time yesterday at least 107 Chinese citizens had been
evacuated from Lebanon to neighbouring Syria with the help of the Chinese
Embassy in Lebanon.
The evacuees are now scheduled to fly
back to China.
Some staff of the
Chinese embassy in Lebanon wait for their plane home in Damascus,
Syria July 18, 2006 when China evacuates its citizens from Lebanon
amid escalating Israel-Lebanon conflicts.
An official with the embassy's commercial department, who refused to be
named, said there were no reports of death or injury of Chinese citizens.
Since the Israel-Lebanon conflict broke out last week, China's embassies in
the two countries and in Syria have adopted emergency response plans to help
Chinese evacuate to safety.
On Saturday 51 Chinese including three tourists from Hong Kong were escorted
to Syria. Most are employees of Chinese companies in Lebanon.
On Sunday, 14 Chinese citizens left Lebanon for Syria.
And 42 more left Lebanon and arrived in Syria yesterday.
"People continued to call in this morning for help. There are at least 10
more Chinese citizens in Lebanon in need of help, some of whom are tourists,"
said the official.
The Chinese Embassy in Syria has already contacted the country's customs and
border checkpoints to facilitate the arrival and departure of the Chinese.
The embassy also covered accommodation and air travel expenses for some
The Chinese Embassy in Israel has set up a 24-hour hotline for Chinese
citizens hoping to leave.
"But some Chinese students and their family members have chosen to stay," Lu
Jing, a news officer with the embassy, told China Daily.
He said the embassy is ready to help them evacuate at any