Thousands more Chinese evacuees homebound from third countries (2)

16:54, March 02, 2011      

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According to the Chinese embassy in Jordan, a chartered plane carrying 146 Chinese evacuees from southern Libya landed in Amman Tuesday morning, and the group boarded home flights about two hours later. Two more flights carrying Chinese evacuees from Libya were due to arrive in Jordan later Tuesday and early Wednesday, respectively.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, as of 2 p.m. Tuesday Beijing time (600 GMT), 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 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.

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