Russian Jet Evacuates Some 130 People from Syria

MOSCOW, May 28 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian government plane left Syria on Tuesday with some 130 people from Russia and other former Soviet republics who decided to leave the country amid the ongoing conflict, said a spokeswoman for Russia’s Emergencies Ministry.

An Ilyushin Il-62 departed from Latakia, a major port city in Syria’s northwest, with 128 people aboard, spokeswoman Irina Rossius said. Two Russian planes had arrived earlier that day bringing more than 20 metric tons of humanitarian aid.

More than 380 citizens of Russia and other former Soviet republics have fled civil war in Syria on Emergencies Ministry planes since January.


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