By Navy vessel, helicopter, even a Saudi-owned ship, the US is picking up the pace of evacuating Americans from Lebanon.
US officials hope to take out nearly five-thousand Americans today, ten days into the Israeli air bombardment. By the weekend, more than eight-thousand of the roughly 25-thousand Americans in Lebanon will have left.
One vessel pressed into service is the USS Trenton, normally a troop transport. It can carry some two-thousand people. A Saudi-owned commercial ship will take some one-thousand Americans to Turkey.
The most dire humanitarian and high-risk health cases are going by helicopter directly to Cyprus from the US Embassy.
Meantime, a second planeload of evacuees arrived overnight in the Baltimore area. Maryland is expecting as many as six more flights in the coming days.
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