Third chartered cruise ship carrying evacuated Chinese arrives in Malta

08:44, March 01, 2011      

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The third chartered cruise ship carrying 989 Chinese evacuated from unrest-torn Libya docked at the Grand Harbor in Valletta, capital of Malta, on Monday.

Among the evacuees include four Chinese workers injured during the evacuation in Lybia, and they were taken to hospital immediately after the arrival, Liu Jie, a diplomat at the Chinese embassy to Italy, told Xinhua.

The injuries of the four were not life-threatening, said Liu, who escorted the workers from the Libyan port city of Misurata.

Chinese Ambassador to Malta, Zhang Keyuan, greeted the workers from two Chinese construction companies in Lybia.

The second cruise ship chartered by the Chinese embassy in Malta arrived here earlier in the day with 1,643 Chinese nationals onboard.

In the past 48 hours, three chartered cruise ship have reached Valletta, bringing more than 4,800 chinese to Malta.

A chartered plane of China's Eastern Airlines carrying 284 Chinese evacuees from Libya left Malta for Shanghai on Sunday morning, bringing the total number of Chinese nationals back home from Malta to 1,392. Another three chartered flights are expected on Monday.

Four planes from the Eastern Airlines will fly to the Mediterranean island nation every day from Feb. 28 to March 10 to take stranded Chinese nationals back home.

Source: Xinhua
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