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2006-07-20 00:40:31

By David Clarke LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Hundreds of Americans and other foreign nationals fleeing Israeli air strikes that have pummeled Lebanon for eight days found safe haven in Cyprus on Thursday. About 40 U.S. Marines landed on a beach near Beirut at dawn to rescue about 1,200 Americans during the course of the day. The lightly armed Marines came ashore at dawn in a landing craft, which they will use to ferry up to 400 people per trip to a troop carrier anchored offshore...

2006-07-19 19:49:09

By David Clarke LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Hundreds of Americans and other foreign nationals fleeing Israeli air strikes that have pummelled Lebanon for eight days found safe haven in Cyprus on Thursday. Three ships docked in the port of Larnaca late on Wednesday -- a U.S.-chartered cruise liner carrying 1,044 people, mostly Americans, a United Nations ship with an unknown number aboard and a French ship with 320 on board. The U.S. ambassador to Cyprus said the operation to bring...

2006-07-19 19:43:58

By David Clarke LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Hundreds of Americans and other foreign nationals fleeing Israeli air strikes that have pummelled Lebanon for eight days found safe haven in Cyprus on Thursday. Three ships docked in the port of Larnaca late on Wednesday -- a U.S.-chartered cruise liner carrying 1,044 people, mostly Americans, a United Nations ship with an unknown number aboard and a French ship with 320 on board. The U.S. ambassador to Cyprus said the operation to bring...

2006-07-19 11:21:36

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States and other nations evacuated their citizens from Lebanon by helicopter, ship and bus on Wednesday as thousands of foreigners fled Israeli strikes pummeling the country for the past eight days. "It's very bad, very sad, I can't believe what's happening," said a tearful Lubna Jaber, an Australian who had come to visit relatives in Lebanon. She was waiting in downtown Beirut with about 350 compatriots hoping to...

2006-07-19 11:52:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 1,100 American evacuees left Lebanon by sea and air bound for Cyprus on Wednesday, the largest group of U.S. citizens rescued from the country in a single day, U.S. officials said. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said roughly 900 Americans were aboard the Orient Queen, a private passenger ship hired by the U.S. government, that left the port of Beirut on Wednesday bound for Cyprus. A further 200 Americans were carried from Lebanon in helicopters and...

2006-07-19 10:00:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 1,100 American evacuees left Lebanon by sea and air bound for Cyprus on Wednesday, the largest group of U.S. citizens to have been rescued from the country in a single day, U.S. officials said. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said roughly 900 Americans were aboard a private passenger ship, the Orient Queen, that left the port of Beirut early on Wednesday. The ship was due to arrive in the early hours of Thursday at the Mediterranean island, said a State...

2006-07-18 16:23:38

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, poised to expand the evacuation of its citizens from Lebanon, sent nine Navy ships to the region and hired another passenger ship to ferry thousands to safety, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. As Israeli warplanes battered Lebanon in a week-old conflict, CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters flew about 120 U.S. citizens from Beirut to Cyprus, the Pentagon said, as officials prepared for a bigger sea evacuation starting on Wednesday....

2006-07-18 12:04:59

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States flew dozens more U.S. citizens from Lebanon to Cyprus on Tuesday, dispatched five more ships and thousands of troops and mulled hiring additional commercial ships to help in the evacuation. As Israeli warplanes continued to batter Lebanon in a conflict showing no signs of abating, the guided missile destroyer USS Gonzalez arrived in the area to protect ships ferrying Americans in the Mediterranean to Cyprus, the Pentagon said....

2006-07-17 11:30:27

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States flew dozens more U.S. citizens from Lebanon on Monday and contracted a commercial cruise ship for a possible broader evacuation due to the conflict with Israel, the Pentagon said on Monday. The Orient Queen, operated by Lebanon-based Abou Merhi Cruises, will be available starting on Tuesday to transport U.S. citizens to Cyprus, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. The ship can hold about 750 people, he said. "The intent at...