First Group of Lebanon Evacuees, Including Students, Arrive In Beirut From Ukraine

Lebanese officials on Wednesday said they have helped evacuate the first group of Lebanese nationals from Ukraine, following the Russian invasion of the country.

Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) said 40 students were among the evacuees but did not specify how many Lebanese had been evacuated.

Lebanon’s head of the Higher Relief Committee, Maj. Gen. Mohamed Kheir said that another plane carrying Lebanese evacuees will arrive in Beirut within 48 hours.

“We have 960 citizens who have registered the names in our embassy in Kyiv, and we will facilitate their return to Lebanon,” Kheir added.

According to NNA, there are a total of 4,000 Lebanese nationals in Ukraine, including 1,000 students.

Since Thursday morning when Russian forces invaded Ukraine, nearly 680,000 people fled Ukraine to the neighboring countries.

The UN estimated that at least 136 civilians were killed and around 400 others received injuries so far in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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