Last Chinese evacuees from Libya to Greek island depart for home

13:21, March 05, 2011      

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The last batch of 274 Chinese nationals evacuated from violence-torn Libya to Greece's Crete Island boarded a China-bound chartered plane early Saturday.

The Air China plane took off at 0:08 a.m. local time (2208 GMT Friday).

So far, all 13,186 Chinese evacuated from Libya to Crete have been flown back home.

Starting on Feb. 23, the Chinese embassy in Greece chartered three Greek superliners, which shuttled between Libya's ports and Crete five times to evacuate Chinese nationals and over 1,100 foreigners.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government arranged 40 chartered flights to bring its nationals back home from Crete.

The Chinese embassy rented 20 hotels with altogether some 10,000 beds and 55 buses to accommodate the Chinese evacuees on the island.

The Greek authorities made it easier for the Chinese evacuees to pass through customs, and local citizens showed their great hospitality.

Source: Xinhua
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