About 80 people, mostly women and children, were on the buses, according to an official from the Russian
Embassy in Beirut who was waiting for the group at the Masnaa border
crossing in eastern Lebanon. The official spoke on condition of
anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
The evacuation was the strongest sign yet of Russia’s doubts in the ability of President Bashar Assad’s regime to cling to power.
officials said Monday that about 100 of their citizens in Syria will be
taken out overland to Lebanon and flown home from there, presumably
because of renewed fighting near Damascus airport. They also said
thousands more could follow — many of them Russian women married to Syrians — and later evacuations could be by both air and sea.