S Koreans flee Libya amid growing unrest: media

11:55, February 23, 2011      

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Nine South Koreans evacuated Libya and arrived in Egypt, possibly the first evacuation of South Korean nationals, local media reported Wednesday.

The evacuation comes as anti-government protests in the Arab country turned violent, with rioters, reportedly disgruntled with the government's housing policy, raiding several South Korean-run construction sites. Some 1,000 South Koreans are currently in Libya to work on construction sites.

The South Korean government on Tuesday upgraded its travel advisory to the second highest level for all parts of Libya amid escalating unrest, asking South Koreans staying in Libya to return home and advising others to cancel or postpone planned trips to the Arab nation.

The government decided in an emergency meeting a day ago to prepare for evacuation in case of emergency, including arranging special flights to the northern African nation.

Source: Xinhua

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