China continues to make all-out efforts to evacuate nationals from Libya

14:36, March 01, 2011      

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China on Monday continued to do everything possible to evacuate its citizens from Libya to third countries and flew thousands more back to China.

Another batch of 340 Chinese employees of Chinese companies in Libya were flown to Cairo by an Egyptian plane chartered by the Chinese embassy in Egypt.

Chinese diplomat Zhang Zhizhong said that was the first batch of Chinese evacuated from Libya to Egypt by a chartered plane.

They boarded a plane in Libya's southern city of Sebha and arrived in Cairo at 10:30 a.m. (0830 GMT). The embassy has provided accommodations for them.

A total of 1,071 Chinese employees of Chinese companies in Libya have arrived in Egypt, and 730 have been flown back home by international commercial flights or planes chartered by the Chinese government.

As of 3:00 p.m. local time (1300 GMT), 960 Chinese nationals had been flown back home from Greek's Crete Island by chartered Chinese planes. Another three Chinese flights and one Greek flight would transport more Chinese nationals to China from the island later that day.

The Chinese embassy in Greece estimated a total of 2,216 Chinese would depart the island for home on Monday, bringing the total number of Chinese nationals back home from the island to 3,964.

In Malta, the third chartered cruise ship carrying 989 Chinese evacuated from Libya docked at the Grand Harbor of the capital Valletta.

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