318 more Thai workers arriving from Libya Thursday

14:29, March 03, 2011      

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Some 318 more Thais will be arriving in Thailand on Thursday aboard four flights, Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

The first flight of Thai Airways arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport at about 6.05 a.m. while the last flight of Emirate Airlines is scheduled to land at about 18.05 p.m.

Foreign Ministry's permanent secretary Theerakul Niyom said that approximately 2,016 Thai workers have already returned to Thailand. And 318 more Thais are scheduled to arrive on Thursday, 46 on Friday, 358 on Saturday and 252 on Sunday respectively, Theerakul added.

According to Thai ambassador to Libya, Opat Chantharathap, an estimated 2,017 Thais were evacuated on Wednesday from a port in capital Libya city of Tripoli by sea to capital Tunisia city of Tunis and more 1,800 Thais, the last group to be evacuated, would leave Tripoli on Friday.

As for 140 Thai laborers who have been trapped in Misurata District in northwestern Libya, 210 kilometers to the east of Tripoli, were assisted already and would be evacuated along with those 1,800 Thais, according to the report from ambassador Opat.

A consulate officer in Tunis said Tunisia Airlines will fly to Dubai and Greece's capital city of Athens twice a day, carrying about 161 Thais on each flight. Then the evacuees will be taken back to Thailand by Thai Airways.

The consulate officer estimated that at least 20 flights were needed for evacuation operations of all Thais in Tunis.

There are an estimated 23,000 Thais currently working and living in the violence-stricken Libya, according to Thai Foreign Ministry.

Source: Xinhua

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