40 Lebanese nationals fleeing Ukraine arrived safely in Lebanon on Wednesday, landing at the Rafik Hariri International Airport at 4:00 a.m., from Bucharest, Romania where they were hosted by a Lebanese Businessman and their tickets to Beirut secured.
They were greeted in the arrival hall by the head of the Higher Relief Authority, Major General Mohammed Khair, and their parents.
A delegation from the Lebanese association of parents of students at foreign universities called for “addressing the issues of students abroad and facilitating the sending of money to them in these difficult circumstances.”
They stressed the need to approve the student dollar because their situation abroad is very difficult.
Khair told the students’ families that the task of evacuating Lebanese students from Ukraine in light of the dangerous situation on the ground was difficult. “It is natural that the lives of Lebanese in Ukraine will be affected by the military and security operations taking place there,” he added
He assured that another plane carrying Lebanese nationals will arrive from Poland’s capital, Warsaw, within the coming 48 hours.
The Ukrainian Red Cross is reportedly coordinating with a number of Lebanese in Ukraine to ensure shelter and communication between them and the Lebanese Embassy in Kyiv.
Thousands of Lebanese nationals are stuck in Ukraine since the Russian invasion, facing hunger and hiding in shelters, with many running out of money and not being able to communicate with the Lebanese embassy or their families.