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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Foreigners Stranded in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Hundreds of Americans and Russians were reported still stranded in the heart of Lebanon's war zone Tuesday after a ship pulled foreign nationals out of a port in the south of the country.

The Cypriot ship Princesa Marissa sailed into the southern port city of Tyre on Monday and picked up about 230 foreigners stuck there -- a joint effort by the United States, Switzerland, Norway and others, said Erik Rattat, a German official involved in the evacuation. Ambulances stood by to carry several injured evacuees to a hospital.

The area around Tyre has been especially hard-hit in Israel's two-week military offensive. The wounded brought off the ship included five German-Lebanese brothers, four of whom suffered burns and were taken to a hospital in Nicosia. The most severely injured, a 9-year-old boy, had second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body, doctors said.

Rattat said 300 Americans were trapped southeast of Tyre on Monday, and U.S. officials said they did not know if any of them were able to reach the boat before it left Tyre.

The U.S. Embassy had asked the Cypriot ship to wait as long as possible in hopes the Americans could climb aboard. But the boat had a deadline to leave by 5 p.m. local time, he said.

U.S. officials said the last scheduled evacuations of Americans from Lebanon would happen Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said more than 100 Russians and citizens of other former Soviet republics also might be caught in Lebanon's dangerous south.