Overwhelming majority of Chinese in Libya evacuated: FM

08:10, March 02, 2011      

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A Chinese man evacuated from Libya contacts family on line with laptop in the southern Greek island of Crete, Feb. 28, 2011. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)

China has evacuated an overwhelming majority of its citizens from Libya, according to the latest information from the Foreign Ministry released in Beijing Tuesday.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, China has altogether pulled out about 32,000 nationals from Libya, 9,000 of whom were back in China, roughly 21,000 were in a third country, while 2,100 were on their way back to a third country.

Presently, China is about to finish its evacuation efforts in Libya's eastern and midwestern areas while there are about 3,000 Chinese in the nation's southern part who will be evacuated either by China's military aircraft or foreign airlines, said the ministry.

It also said that those who are taking shelter in a third country will be flown back to China by government-sent chartered planes shortly.

Source:Xinhua

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