Despite worsening situation in strife torn Libya, eight Keralite nurses left early on Friday from here for Benghazi, not paying heed to pleas of police and NORKA (Non Resident Keralite Affairs) department about the dangers lurking there.
Kerala government has asked the Centre to take urgent steps to secure the release of 18 Malayalee nurses stranded in Libya and also five Indian fishermen, including one from Kerala, held captive in Iran.
Government on Monday assured Rajya Sabha that it will "leave no stone unturned" for the safe return of Indian nationals in captivity in Iraq who are "alive and well", and said its focus is now on bringing back Indians from strife-torn Libya which it said is no longer safe.
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.
In the first phase of evacuation of Keralite nurses from strife-torn Libya, 50 of them are expected to be moved to Tunisia by road tomorrow as per the plan worked out by the Ministry of External Affairs.
The grit and determination of the 46 nurses helped in their evacuation from Iraq, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy as he called for providing higher education and jobs in the state so that there is no need to go abroad.
For the Indian nurses who returned here on Saturday from Iraq, to be back in the comfort of home far removed from bomb explosions nearby, gun-wielding militants and injured patients is like a "rebirth".