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UPDATED: 07:45, July 21, 2006
Over 100 Turkish citizens flee Lebanon back to Turkey in past week
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Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that a total of 104 Turkish citizens and 22 foreign nationals had been evacuated during the past week to Turkey from Lebanon which is under intense Israeli air raids.

Altogether 126 people have entered Turkey via Yayladagi border crossing since July 14, the statement said, adding that Turkish Embassy in Beirut has also assisted 50 more Turkish citizens back home by providing them with vehicles to facilitate their evacuation from Lebanon.

"Many other foreign nationals getting evacuated from Lebanon will reach the Turkish port of Mersin, from where they will be sent to their native countries," said the statement.

Meanwhile, 280 Swedish citizens, who have reached the Adana Airport from Mersin, will be flown to the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

Also on Thursday, 175 German evacuees arrived in Turkey, according to the statement.

Thousands of foreigners have been fleeing Lebanon where Israel kept up a massive assault following the abduction of two Israeli soldiers by the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah on July 12.

Source: Xinhua

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