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Angel Of Lebanon

The war in Lebanon has had plenty of victims, but CBS News' Vicki Barker reports that it now has a hero — a brave young Lebanese-American woman who helped rescue dozens of her fellow citizens.

All that's known is her name: Souha Saleh. Earlier this week, this young Lebanese-American woman helped lead 76 other Americans to safety from the battle-torn south of Lebanon. U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman's staff helped Souha make that journey to Beirut.

"She's a real hero of these evacuations," Feltman told CBS News.

Saleh was trapped in the town of Yahoun when the fighting broke out. U.S. officials helped guide her to Beirut. She kept gathering other Americans along the way.

"We were able to work with her to identify routes, to identify vehicles in order to get the Americans moving. By the time she got here, she had 76 Americans with her," said Feltman.


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Saleh apparently boarded one of the boats to Cyprus but no one has been able to confirm her evacuation — or even her identity. Embassy workers say she's 18 years old and has spent her summers in Lebanon. They don't even know her home town.

Officials estimate 15,000 U.S. citizens have been evacuated from Lebanon.