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    Foreign embassies in Lebanon have been urging their nationals to leave the country as the civil war intensifies.

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    Foreign embassies in Lebanon have been urging their nationals to leave the country as the civil war intensifies.
    SYNOPSIS: Hundreds if refugees gathered at the port of Tyre in South Lebanon on Thursday - to board ships that were bound for Egypt. Many said it would be a long time before they would feel safe in Lebanon again. Their journey began as the United States embassy was forced to postpone an evacuation by road to Damascus. The road is no longer safe. It was thought that American citizens would travel on these ships, but the passengers were mainly Egyptians, Libyans and Lebanese.
    The foreign embassies in Beirut are gradually being closed down. At present, the United States, Britain and France are still maintaining their missions there, but only with skeleton staff. The American and British ambassadors are expected to leave soon and it's not known when they'll return.
    The United States embassy is still working on plans for another evacuation and has said it has not ruled out the possibility that it will use other means apart from road transport. In June, the U.S. government staged a sea evacuation.
    These refugees are leaving behind them a city that is without water or electricity. For many people the cutting of these services was the last straw of a year-long, bitter civil war. There's also a serious shortage of petrol and many people had to abandon their vehicles in the streets.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8UJEMIKLLV8H63DWSZYJUB7D
    Media URN:
    VLVA8UJEMIKLLV8H63DWSZYJUB7D
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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