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Russians flee Syrian conflict from Beirut

22 January 2013 Last updated at 17:21 GMT

Scores of Russians are to be flown home after fleeing the violence in Syria - but Russia insists it is not the start of a mass evacuation.

Buses carrying the Russians have crossed the Lebanese border heading for Beirut airport, Lebanese media reported on Tuesday.

Moscow has been one of President Bashar al-Assad's closest allies during the conflict in Syria.

Jon Sopel reports