Venezuelan jets head to Syria to evacuate citizens

July 26, 2006 02:54

Venezuela is sending two jets to evacuate Venezuelans who fled Lebanon amid ongoing fighting between the Israeli military and Hezbollah guerrillas, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. The country is coordinating with the Syrian government to send the planes, which each have a capacity of 300 people, Reinaldo Bolivar, deputy foreign minister for Africa, said. The planes will leave Tuesday night are expected to arrive in Syria on Thursday. Venezuela's ambassador to Syria, Dia Nader de El Andari, said 700 Venezuelans at the embassy were waiting to be evacuated, but officials "expect many more" to seek safe passage out of Lebanon.

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