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Published:July 26th, 2006 04:27 EST
Lebanon Response Report

Lebanon Response Report

By SOP newswire

Key Points

  • Helping Americans depart safely is our first priority. 
  • The United States is using all available means to ensure safe and orderly passage of American citizens out of Lebanon to Cyprus and Turkey, including U.S. military ships, chartered commercial ships and U.S. military helicopters. From Cyprus and Turkey, the U.S. Government is transporting American citizens to the United States via commercial charter and military aircraft. 
  • The United States will contribute $30 million to an international appeal for humanitarian aid for Lebanon to include medical kits, blankets, and plastic sheeting. The first medical supplies arrived yesterday.

Status Report

  • As of 0600 EDT July 26 Embassy Beirut estimates 13,390 American Citizens have departed Lebanon with U.S. Government assistance since Sunday, July 16.
    • Orient Queen arrived in Larnaca, Cyprus on July 25 with approximately 500 American citizens. 
    • Victoria M arrived in Larnaca, Cyprus on July 25 with 280 American citizens.
  • Approximately 8,000 American Citizens have arrived in the United States to date and approximately 900 American Citizens are currently en route
  • Approximately 600 citizens departed Incirlik, Turkey on Tuesday, July 25; some 1,100 are awaiting onward transportation 
  • We will continue to transport Americans using all resources available.
    • Delta Airlines has shown private sector leadership by transporting U.S. citizens from Larnaca, Cyprus to Atlanta, Georgia. 
    • U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) supports the Department of State airlift efforts. TRANSCOM has arranged commercial charter aircraft and military aircraft to transport American citizens from Cyprus and Turkey to the United States. Commercial charter flights will terminate at Baltimore and Philadelphia.
  • The number of Americans requesting departure from Beirut continues to decline. Embassy Beirut is urging American citizens in television and radio appearances to come for processing quickly if they wish to leave.
  • In this extraordinary case, the State Department has waived the requirement for American citizens departing Lebanon to reimburse the U.S. Government for travel costs.
  • The State Department is working with our partners in the Department of Defense and the private sector, and with our friends and allies around the world to assist transporting Americans in the safest manner possible.

What to do if you are in Lebanon or have loved ones in Lebanon?

  • U.S. is doing everything possible to assist citizens who wish to leave Lebanon. 
  • Information is available from the Department of State by calling: 202-501-4444 (outside U.S.) and 1-888-407-4747 (inside U.S.). 
  • Embassy Beirut has issued a press release urging Americans who wish to leave to do so now: http://lebanon.usembassy.gov/
  • U.S. Embassy in Beirut phone numbers: (961) 4 542600 – 543600 
  • In Lebanon, listen to radio frequency 105.5 FM for announcements from U.S. Embassy.