Polish plane takes out 61 from Libya

19:08, February 24, 2011      

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A plane chartered by the Polish government has evacuated 61 people from Libya, and they all safely returned to Warsaw in the early hours of Thursday.

"The plane brought 61 persons including some 20 British nationals, 15 Poles, 15 Romanians and two Danes," Interior Ministry spokeswoman Malgorzata Wozniak said.

The plane was to take on board some 80 Poles, but Wozniak said that only 15 managed to reach the Tripoli airport. She added that Poles are leaving Libya in planes sent by other countries. On Wednesday, 11 Poles left Libya in a Ukrainian plane.

"As part of mutual assistance, our citizens have taken advantage of planes of other countries. We are also helping citizens of other countries as we are aware of the very difficult situation there," she said.

Libyan protesters started to rally in streets last week, plunging the North African country into chaos and bloodshed.

Source: Xinhua
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