Chinese military transporters carry evacuees from Libya

08:44, March 03, 2011      

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Four of Chinese air force's Il-76 transport aircraft have played a role in transporting Chinese nationals out of the riot-torn Libya.

The first aircraft left an airport in northwest China's Urumqi on Feb. 28 and flew over 9,500 kilometers to Libya for the mission, arriving in Libya at 0:35 Wednesday Beijing Time

Various measures were taken to ensure safety during evacuation flights, according to Liu Zirong, a senior officer with China's air force.

Liu's colleague Luo Yongchang noted that two medical experts were on board of each flight to provide emergency medical services to passengers and the crew.

The four Chinese military transporters dispatched had successfully evacuated over 1,700 Chinese nationals from Libya to Khartoum of Sudan as of Wednesday night.

The Chinese nationals who arrived in Khartoum on Wednesday would temporarily stay there before returning to China.

A total of 35,860 Chinese citizens had been evacuated from Libya as of 11:10 p.m. Beijing Time Wednesday, according to China's Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao.

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