58 nurses on way back, Govt again asks Indians to leave Libya

Last Updated: Friday, August 1, 2014 - 21:33

New Delhi: 58 Indian nurses from Libya are on their way back home, the government said today while making a fresh appeal to all the Indians in the strife-torn nation to leave in view of deterioration in situation with a promise to make all arrangements for evacuation.

External Affairs Ministry said the government has made arrangements for a special flight as well as a ferry besides taking other measures to evacuate those wanting to return home from Libya.

58 nurses, mostly from Kerala, today reached border post of Ras Jedir on way to Tunisia, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told reporters here.

"We hope that by late night, all the nurses will be in Tunis. We have made arrangements for them to fly back to their home state," he said. The nurses also include a couple from Delhi and some from Hyderabad.

The spokesman said that following the success of this effort, smaller number of people will be travelling tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and the day after that.

He said the situation in Libya has deteriorated further since India issued an appeal for all its citizens to leave the country.

"We are reiterating our view that all those who are in Libya should return home because the circumstances there have deteriorated even since we last sent out an advisory," he said.

"We have also arranged for, if it is required, a special flight to come to Djerba which is two hours from the border of Libya but shorter than Tunis," he said.

He said the flight will be put into use if there is enough payload. "We are ready...We have kept flight ready with clearances being taken, should that require. However, if smaller number of 50, 30 etc continues, we will then have to take them to Tunis and then then take them out," he said.

PTI

First Published: Friday, August 1, 2014 - 21:33

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