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Crisis in Lebanon: Your comments
Beirut

Evacuations of British citizens from Lebanon are taking place.

Read a selection of your comments and experiences below.


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The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

I'm currently working as a journalist in Lebanon. I'm half-British, half-Lebanese and have been coming here on holiday most of my life (I'm 23). I moved here in January and was set to come back in September to do a Masters course in Journalism. I'm writing to reassure people back home who are worried about friends or family here in Lebanon. I think that looking at the situation from the outside, it looks worse than its is. Yes, Israel are destroying Lebanon but in most of the country - apart from not being able to go anywhere - you wouldn't realise that there was a war on. I feel very safe and I work in Beirut itself.
Daniella Matar, Lebanon

The Lebanese people have done nothing but help us. They have taken us in, fed us, kept us safe and they have nothing themselves. The Lebanese people have nothing for themselves and yet they would still rather make us feel as happy as possible.
Layla Frahat, Biblos

My brother is a 23 year old archaeologist in Lebanon. He was in Sidon but went up to the hills when the bombing started a few days ago. He then moved to the north of Beirut, through the hills, where he felt it would be safer. The last we heard he was in Byblos. I know it's a cliche to say the Brits aren't doing enough but we can't help but wonder as to whether the delay in getting Brits out is political. They could have started the evacuation days ago as it was clear that this was an unusually serious situation. Even now the boats will only get there on Wednesday so the Brits there have another two nights of bombing, and us, the families here, have two more sleepless nights.
Maggie Correa, London, UK

Hopefully all the British citizens will be repatriated as soon as possible
Mrs Carole Copeland, Stanmore, Middlesex
My niece works and lives in Lebanon, she is the headmistress of a school in the Chouf, She arrived back in England last Wednesday where I picked her and her children up from Heathrow airport. If they had been due to fly home on Thursday things would have been very different! At present her husband is trying to get back and has managed to reach Damascus with two work colleagues. We are very worried as his passage from Lebanon wasn't easy. Hopefully all the British citizens will be repatriated as soon as possible, as the situation is getting so much worse.
Mrs Carole Copeland, Stanmore, Middlesex

It is during times of crisis that one seeks the intervention and help of their home state. How disappointed so many are with the way in which Britain has coped with the ongoing state of affairs in Beirut, Lebanon. My mother and sister have been phoning me constantly to be updated on evacuation procedures being implemented by the British. So many are feeling like nomads - affiliated to nowhere in particular with nowhere to turn and no where to go. Where as other embassies have galvanised themselves into helping their subjects, my family feel, as do so many British out there, completely let down by an apparently nonchalant government. It is at times like this that the word "Great" in Great Britain is wholly undeserving and perhaps even filled with irony.
Mr Raef Bjayou, London

Close friend of mine is on holiday in Beirut and was due to fly out the day after they bombed the airport. He was in Beirut for the 1st night of bombing. He managed to get out of Beirut and get to Betroun. He has been held up there and is awaiting evacuation. He says the embassy has been badly organised, and you can't get through on the phone. He has no access to internet and has a weak radio signal. He is relying on the news for the evac from me. I am sending him update texts, currently running at about 10 a day.
Darren Kelly, London

I am a 24 year old male, dual British/Lebanese national, who has lived in England all my life. My parents moved to Lebanon, where my father is from originally, over 2 years ago now. My sister and I went there on holiday, I returned 2 weeks ago and my sister decided to stay for longer - she is now stuck there. I have a vast family there, some have been evacuated from their Beirut homes, and some are staying with my parents at their house in the mountains. I am feeling totally and utterly detached from every member of my family, and am hating not being with them at this time.
Bashar Labban, London, England

I am a British citizen with family in Lebanon in Hamra (Beirut), Southern Beirut and Bshamoun. I have been speaking to my uncle every day and he is worried about the food situation which will get progressively worse due to the transport infrastructure being destroyed. He says some areas are cut off completely from receiving food but in Beirut the supplies should last a little while longer.
Karim Dia Toubajie, Windsor, England

My daughter, who is a British national, is a student at the American University in Beirut and residing in the dormitries. We are communicating regularly by mobile and she says the atmosphere is tense with regular air raids. She has seen many of her colleagues both foreign and Lebanese nationals evacuating the university. She has contacted the British Embassy of her whereabouts but I am concerned that she might not accept to be evacuated as she feels she wants to remain behind and help in any way she can. We planned months ago to have a reunion in London on the 19th of August but now I don't know what is going to happen.
Alexandra Stylianides, Nicosia, Cyprus

I had been the Commercial Director & Co-publisher of Time Out Beirut last week until we heard the airport had been struck. I went to the office today to get some things and two bombs struck west Beirut not far from our office. It was a heart stopping moment, I left in my car to hear another strike behind. It is madness, I have three children and my 12 year daughter asked me last night, "Mummy are we at war?" how am I supposed to answer that?
Naomi Sargeant, Daroun-Harissa

We took the chance to run before many of the bridges and escape routes were hit
Bonnie Weiss, Frimley, UK
I am a British national resident in Kuwait who was on vacation in Beirut. We arrived from Beirut via Aleppo, Syria on Saturday morning having escaped with my two young children and mother and father in law by road along the coast through Tripoli and up to the Syrian boarder. An extremely difficult and dangerous journey, taking us a total of 9 hrs to safety. We were actually at the army checkpoint outside the front of Beirut airport when the first runway was hit on Thursday early morning. I cannot tell you the feeling of not knowing when and where the next bomb will hit. We took the chance to run before many of the bridges and escape routes were hit (against embassy advice of the time), as we realised that there was a limited time to escape. We are now in the UK with family trying to pick up the pieces, and help friends and family left behind to get out.
Bonnie Weiss, Frimley, UK

I am currently trying to find a way out of Lebanon, keeping in touch with the British Embassy here, the roads to Syria are too dangerous and leaving the city I'm in, is also not safe. I am in Baalbeck, which is known to home some Hizb leaders, so all night I couldn't sleep due to the planes on top of us and the raids that bombed a few petrol stations. We've now evacuated the house we were staying in, ironically because it's above a petrol station. I'm originally from England, but came to Lebanon the day the attacks started to get married, but my wedding has been cancelled.
Arwa Salam, Manchester

Although we have not been directly affected by the attacks where we are living, it is inevitable that, in time, we will suffer because of shortages of food and fuel, as well as an incapability to get around due to major damage to infrastructure. For the time being we are taking the advice of the British embassy and staying put but the constant shelling and air raids are making us feel very uneasy.
Fadi, Jbeil, Lebanon

We have not heard anything from the embassy yet
Firas Khawaja, Tripoli, Lebanon
I am a British national in Lebanon, me and my family are all British nationals and awaiting evacuation. We have not heard anything from the embassy yet, and it is becoming more worrying by the second, let's hope for the best.
Firas Khawaja, Tripoli, Lebanon

Me and my family are all British citizens and are currently in Mansourieh mountains - We went up to the mountains due to the loud sounds at night and fear of something happening to us. As of till now the British Embassy did not call us and tell us what we should do in the current situation. We still await. The situation is so terrible here I am even planning on risking it and try and go to Syria and get out from there. The sounds of the Israeli planes is so terrible here and the sound of the missiles is even worse.
Margaret Khairallah, Currently in Bhamdoun, Lebanon

My Mum and Dad have an apartment over in Lebanon. They are there at the moment. They are relatively safe but feel cut off at the moment, the embassy has not been answering the phone. They are worried as their passports are with the visa department being updated, they can't get in touch with them to get it back. Other nationals are being evacuated while the British seem to be having a long wait.
Lynn Thornhill, Stockport

Mr Blair is talking of an 'Air-bridge' to get Britons out of Lebanon. Unfortunately, the armed forces are stretched to their limit due to his cut backs and being on several operational tasks. The armed forces can only deal with a certain number of missions at any one time.
Dennins Taylor, Akrotiri, Cyprus






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