Russians in Syria begin evacuation

80 bused out; exit by air too perilous

Posted: January 23, 2013 at 3:52 a.m.

Russian family walk together shortly after crossing the border from Syria into Lebanon at the Masnaa border crossing in eastern Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Some 80 Russian citizens crossed into Lebanon as Moscow began evacuating some of the tens of thousands of Russians who live in Syria. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Key Syrian ally Russia began evacuating its citizens from the country on Tuesday as the civil war gathered momentum in the capital, Damascus, with intense fighting around the international airport.

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