US sends ship to take nationals out of Lebanon

The US Navy said the cruise ship Orient Queen left Cyprus for Beirut Tuesday to begin evacuating Americans from Lebanon. The cruise ship, escorted by a US destroyer, was to begin evacuating some of the 25,000 Americans in Lebanon, joining US military helicopters that have ferried a few dozen US citizens to a British base on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. According to the Pentagon, the Orient Queen can carry 750 people at a time. A US Navy destroyer, the USS Gonzales, will be available to escort the Orient Queen, according to the Pentagon.