Italy plans evacuation for Italians living in Libya

09:10, February 22, 2011      

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The Italian Foreign Ministry said Monday that it was ready to launch an emergency evacuation plan for the 1500 Italians still living in crisis-hit Libya should the situation in the country further deteriorate.

"Evacuation plans for similar cases are always ready but no specific operative orders have yet be given-out by the government to start moving all Italian citizens from Libya," said Undersecretary of State Stefania Craxi in a statement.

"The Italian embassy in Libya, jointly with the Foreign Ministry's crisis unit, are inviting all Italian residents to immediately abandon the country with regular flights by our national air carrier Alitalia, which is also available at increasing the number of daily flights were the ticket demand to rise," she said.

In the meantime, to ensure their safety, Italians in Libya are being strictly advised to remain inside their houses and avoid being stuck in mass gatherings and riots, while website of the foreign ministry has listed the country as an off-limits destination for tourists.

Of the 1500 Italians living in Libya, 500 are employees of major Italian companies doing business with the Libyan authorities, including oil giant Eni and leading steel group Finmeccanica, both of which for security reasons are repatriating their workers and families.

Source: Xinhua

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