About 8,000 more Thais to be out of Libya by March 5

08:22, March 04, 2011      

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All of about 8,000 Thai workers still waiting to return home will be taken out of Libya within this week due to political unrest in the North African state, Labour Minister Chalermchai Sri-on said on Thursday.

Chalermchai said from the time anti-government protests erupted in Egypt and spread to other countries, including Libya, the Labour Ministry had followed the situation closely to see how Thai workers in the region were being affected.

So far no Thai workers had lost their lives, but some sustained injuries while being evacuated from Tripoli and Benghazi to safe areas, Bangkok Post online reported.

Of the Thai workers in Libya, about 8,000 had contacted the Thai embassy and indicated they wanted to be brought home. About 10,000 others had not been affected and wanted to continue working in that country.

All of the 8,000 workers would be taken out of Libya to holding centers in nearby countries by March 5. From those centers, they would be gradually flown in groups to Bangkok.

All of them are expected to be back in Thailand in about a week after that.

The 8,000 do not include the 1,994 workers who have already returned to Thailand.

The 2011 Libyan uprising began as a series of protests and confrontations occurring in the North African state of Libya against the government and its leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. The social unrest began on 15 February 2011 and has since become a widespread uprising that continues to the present.

Source: Xinhua

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