China completes evacuation of nationals stranded in Kyrgyzstan

16:15, June 17, 2010      

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A ninth chartered plane carrying Chinese nationals from riot-hit Kyrgyzstan landed in the northwestern city of Urumqi early Thursday, ending China's largest overseas evacuation, in which 1,299 people were airlifted.

The arrival of the flight from the Central Asian nation brought relief and excitement for family members waiting at the airport and those evacuated from the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh, where deadly ethnic clashes erupted last week and escalated over the weekend.

My mother and my wife "were in tears," said a middle-aged businessman who, upon his arrival in Urumqi, made a phone call to his family at Kax, a city in the south of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

"I was running a feedstuff business there (in Kyrgyzstan). I am so proud that our home country sent chartered flights," he said.

"Thank you all. I think I shall never forget this for the rest of my life," said a man who gave his name as Ahmat.

Several thousand Chinese nationals were in the region affected by violence in Kyrgyzstan. Many of them were business people from Xinjiang.

There were no more Chinese nationals waiting to be evacuated at the Osh airport after the departure of the ninth chartered flight Thursday.

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