BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) – Hundreds of Americans and Russians were reported stranded in the heart of Lebanon’s war zone Tuesday when a ship evacuating foreigners had to pull out of a southern port without them.
The Cypriot ship Princesa Marissa picked up about 300 foreigners stuck in the southern port city of Tyre – a joint effort by the U.S., Switzerland, Norway and others, said Erik Rattat, a German official involved in the evacuation.
Rattat said 300 Americans trapped southeast of Tyre had called the U.S. Embassy for help. He said the embassy called him and asked that the Cypriot ship wait as long as possible for the Americans to get on board. But the boat had a deadline to leave by 5 p.m., he said.