Indian nurses evacuated from Libya to reach Kochi

A group of Indian nurses, who have been evacuated from Libya by the government, are scheduled to arrive in Kochi on Thursday.

ANI| Updated: Dec 18, 2014, 09:40 AM IST

New Delhi: A group of Indian nurses, who have been evacuated from Libya by the government, are scheduled to arrive in Kochi on Thursday.

Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that 12 of the 34 nurses, who were working in that nation, are on their way via Tunisia.

According to reports, another batch of 22 nurses is likely to arrive in Kochi by Sunday morning.

The government has already evacuated nearly 3,000 nationals from Libya after the second wave of violence which started early this year.

In August, over 50 Indian nurses from Kerala had returned from Libya.

Fighting between rival militias in Tripoli over the past three weeks and bloody clashes between extremists and the army in the Libyan city of Benghazi has prompted several countries to evacuate their nationals and diplomatic staff.

Militias controlling large parts of the country are behind Libya's worst violence since the 2011 uprising that toppled that nation's former de facto ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

In 2011, the Indian Government had carried out a 'mammoth operation', involving planes and ships to evacuate thousands of nationals from the conflict -hit nation.