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Cyprus ready to evacuate 200,000 people from Syria

(Xinhua)

10:27, July 20, 2012

NICOSIA, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Cyprus is ready to evacuate 200,000 people from Syria if situation in the country deteriorates, Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis said on Thursday.

Marcoullis told reporters that the evacuees could include citizens of EU countries and third countries escaping from Syria.

Marcoullis said Cyprus would facilitate their stay for 48 hours and evacuate them to their respective countries.

Cyprus was a haven for 90,000 refugees from Lebanon when fighting broke out between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

According to statistics, around 150,000 Syrian refugees are taking shelter in neighboring countries like Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.

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