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MOSCOW, January 22 (Itar-Tass) – Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/ is dispatching two jets to Beirut to evacuate the Russians who have made known their willingness to leave neighboring Syria, EMERCOM spokeswoman Irina Rossius told Itar-Tass.
“Flights of two jets, an Ilyushin-76 and Yakovlev-42, to Beirut have been chartered for Tuesday, January 22, to help the Russians willing to come back to Moscow to do so,” she said.
About a hundred Russian citizens are expected to use this opportunity to return to Moscow.
All those willing to take the flights to Moscow are already in Lebanon.
“Early data indicates the number of those people doesn’t exceed 150 and most of them are women and children,” Rossius said.
One of the jets will take off from EMERCOM’s Ramenskoye airdrome southeast off Moscow City and the other one, from the Domodedovo international airport.
According to Rossius, medics and psychologists will accompany the evacuees on the return flight.