14:45 28.12.2012

Ukraine to evacuate 26 people from Syria on Friday, says Foreign Ministry

A total of 26 people are expected to arrive at Boryspil Airport from Beirut at around 1900 Kyiv time on December 28 on a flight by the Ukrainian-Mediterranean Airlines (UM Air) as a part of the evacuation of Ukrainian citizens from Syria, the information policy department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.

According to the department, eleven Ukrainian women, twelve children and three men citizens of Syria, who are married to Ukrainians, who are members of the families of Ukrainian citizens.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported that since the beginning of 2012 due to the escalation of the conflict in Syria, Ukraine has evacuated 361 citizens, including the current stage of evacuation. The International Organization for Migration helped return home another 139 Ukrainians. Kyiv also helped to evacuate 44 foreigners, including 17 Poles, seven citizens of Belarus and 20 citizens of Syria, who are members of the families of Ukrainian citizens, to leave the country.

In addition, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry helped evacuate 83 Ukrainians from the Gaza Strip.

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