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Lebanon Evacuation

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International SOS reports its part in the evacuation of westerners from Lebanon.

The Hammersmith-based medical and emergency service provider reports it has evacuated about 110 people on behalf of clients from Lebanon over the past 72 hours. The first phase of the evacuation was over land to Damascus, Syria followed by a second phase air evacuation to Larnaca, Cyprus by a dedicated chartered aircraft. The evacuees, working in Lebanon for a variety of companies and organisations, consist of many nationalities including American, European and local nationals.

Evacuation operations were executed by International SOS teams on the ground in Beirut, Damascus and Larnaca. The teams include security specialists, medical personnel, operations and client liaison staff, supported by the firm’s regional alarm centres in London, Paris, Philadelphia and our security centre in Dubai.

Over the last three days, the firm reports, its teams have been working with local providers on the ground, with the firm’s three alarm centres and aviation organisations to escort clients to safety, through a combination of overland transport and charter aircraft. This was only done, the firm adds, following a thorough risk assessment, which included route reconnaissance by security specialists on the ground and liaison with consular staff and international agencies.

What they say

Bob Rushton, Regional Security Director for International SOS, who has been directing the operation from International SOS in London says: “The very rapid deterioration in the security environment in Lebanon made it necessary for us to immediately mobilise our resources in order to make these evacuations possible. Our teams on the ground in Beirut, Damascus and Larnaca have been working around the clock to provide assistance and support to clients affected by the crisis. We are continuing to monitor the situation and providing support to members with staff and family members remaining in Lebanon. We are also establishing close liaison with those governments that are currently formulating a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation so that we can support these personnel and guide them through the evacuation process.”

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