China strives to evacuate nationals from Libya, gets aid from foreign governments

10:34, February 26, 2011      

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Chinese nationals wave as they arrive at the airport in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 25, 2011. The second flight chartered by the Chinese government to evacuate its nationals from Libya arrived in Beijing Friday with 227 Chinese on board. (Xinhua/Jing Lei)

China has made great efforts to evacuate its nationals from Libya over the past few days. The evacuees have been flown back to China or transferred to neighboring countries.


According to a statement from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs released Friday, about 12,000 Chinese nationals have been evacuated, as of early Friday morning. The number is likely to increase as more flights, and other modes of transport, were sent to expand the evacuation efforts.

Early on Friday, 451 Chinese citizens were flown back to Beijing from Cairo, Egypt, in two separate chartered government planes. Before the flights, 83 other Chinese nationals flew to Beijing or Shanghai from the northern Egyptian port of Alexandria. They arrived on two commercial flights on Thursday.

Also, more than 4,300 Chinese citizens had been evacuated on two large passenger liners, rented by the Chinese government, which arrived at the Greek Island of Crete from Libya.

"These evacuees have successfully boarded ships at the port of Benghazi and are waiting (for the ships) to set sail," said the statement.

The statement also mentioned that about 3,000 other Chinese citizens in Tunisia and Egypt would take the land routes and head home after finishing customs procedures in border checkpoints in the two countries.

Tens of thousands of Chinese nationals had been working or living in Libya when the unrest erupted last week. Most of the nationals were employees of Chinese companies with businesses in the country.

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