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Damages after the Aug. 4 2020 Beirut Port explosions.

Canada is preparing to evacuate some 45,000 of its citizens from Lebanon, according to multiple sources.

The Gulf nation of Kuwait has already begun the process.


The Ottawa government has deployed military forces to the region in preparation for the evacuation, the sources reported.

Report: Hezbollah Using Beirut’s Civilian Airport to Store Massive Arsenal, Including Biohazard Explosive RDX

On Friday (June 21), Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly discussed the increasing likelihood of war between Israel and Iran’s Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah in a conversation with Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz, Israel’s Channel 12 News reported.

In response, Katz urged Joly to exert diplomatic pressure on Iran to rein in Hezbollah and reduce the rising hostilities. “The window of opportunity is closing,” he emphasized.

On June 17, Canada updated its travel advisory risk level for Lebanon to “avoid all travel.”

Lebanon’s Iranian proxy, Hezbollah, is storing massive amounts of Iranian weapons at Rafic Hariri International Airport, Lebanon’s main civilian airport in Beirut, according to a report published Sunday by the British Telegraph news outlet.

Among the weapons being stored at the airport are a variety of missiles and explosives, plus a high explosive powder, RDX, also known as cyclonite or hexagon.

Kuwait Dispatches National Carrier to Beirut
The Gulf nation of Kuwait has already begun the process of pulling its nationals out of the impending war zone.

Kuwait’s national carrier, Kuwait Airways, dispatched the first aircraft on Saturday “to evacuate nationals from Lebanon,” the official Kuwait news agency KUNA reported.

In a separate announcement, the airline said it was operating large planes to fly to Beirut to accommodate Kuwait citizens returning home, according to Al Arabiya.

Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry urged its citizens in Lebanon on Friday to leave “as soon as possible.” In a statement posted to the ministry’s website, Kuwait called on its citizens to “refrain from heading to the Lebanese Republic at the present time in view of the successive security developments that the region is going through.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.