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      07-18-2006, 01:50 PM   #9
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Marines assist in the evacuation of U.S. citizens by helicopters at the U.S. embassy in Awkar, north of Beirut.
Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Ships and helicopters were pressed into service to evacuate hundreds of foreigners from Lebanon to safety elsewhere, mainly to Cyprus,
while thousands more awaited evacuation or tried to reach Syria overland.
The United States dispatched a group of five warships led by an amphibious assault ship, the U.S.S. Iwo Jima, to help.
Israel said it would cooperate in allowing evacuation ships through its naval blockade. 7/17/2006 NYT


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