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22 Georgians trapped in Damascus

by | Aug 30, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch–The Foreign Affairs Ministry in Georgia is working on providing a safe route out of Syria for Georgian citizens who are in Damascus.

Two days ago, Rustavi 2 reported that there are 22 Georgians in Damascus requesting help from the government.

They say the borders are closed and they have been unable to leave the country. The only chance is to go to Beirut, but they do not have enough money to leave.

“We want that the border opened at least for one hour to let us go home. If you can help us, please help. There are noises of explosions. It is only possible to go to Beirut from here, and then to Istanbul, and from Istanbul to Georgia,” Rita Nalbandiani told Rustavi 2.

Davit Namorashvili, acting consul of Georgia to Egypt said the consulate contacted the Georgian citizens in Syria and gave recommendation to go to the Lebanese border crossing closest to Beirut.

The Georgians say the high inflation in Syria has left them without enough money to leave.

On Thursday, Inga Kikvadze, Deputy Director of the Consular Department of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, told journalists that the ministry is working with partner countries to find a safe route for the Georgians and help them leave Syria.

She said that the Georgians who were accounted for in the consulate left the country last week, but there are some left who were now citizens who weren’t accounted remain in Syria.

“By now the situation is difficult and thus taking any measures are more difficult,” she said adding that the ministry will do its best to assist the citizens.



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