Hundred of Russians wishing to leave Syria to be transported from Beirut on Tuesday

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry planes will take aboard about a hundred Russian residents of Syria in Beirut on Tuesday. The trip will be made at their request. This is not an evacuation of Russians from Syria, the Russian Embassy in Damascus noted.

"This is absolutely not an evacuation; simply two flights from the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry will bring to Moscow everyone who wishes to go. First of all, these are the people whose homes have been destroyed and who live in 'conflict hotbeds'. About a hundred people," an Embassy source told Interfax on Tuesday.

Only Russians who have permanent residence in Syria will go to Moscow on Tuesday, the source emphasized. "These are only Russian citizens permanently residing here. There will be absolutely no Embassy workers on the planes," he said.

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