Has this ever happened before to American citizens being evacuated?
Dozens of Americans were evacuated from Beirut by U.S. Marine helicopters Tuesday, but hundreds of other U.S. citizens were stranded. Some expressed frustration that the evacuation was taking so long. The Americans being evacuated were told by U.S. officials that they would have to reimburse the government for the trip to safety.
The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, Jeffrey D. Feltman, said 320 Americans will have left by the end of Tuesday and that 1,000 more were scheduled to leave Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.