Greece offers medical aid to first group of foreigners injured in war-torn Libya

14:02, April 04, 2011      

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Greece offered medical assistance to the first group of foreigners injured in war-torn Libya and transferred to the Greek southern island of Crete during the weekend, announced Greek authorities on Sunday.

Four nationals of Qatar -- three men and a woman -- are hospitalized in Chania, suffering wounds at the head and legs, said the hospital's director, George Arhontakis.

According to Greek officials, they are civilians who were working in Libya and reached Greece on board a Qatari airplane which evacuated a group of Qatari nationals from the northern African country via Crete.

The plane which landed at the military base of Souda on Crete, left the island for Qatar early Sunday, transferring also the body of another Qatari national who succumbed to his injuries during the flight.

Greek authorities in cooperation with Qatar have granted the injured and six relatives who accompany them visa for two weeks.

Greece facilitates support operations in Libya and has expressed willingness to assist humanitarian operations, providing medical assistance and other services.

Prior to the military operations, Greece aided the massive evacuation operation of thousands of foreign nationals from Libya via Crete, including over 13,000 Chinese in late February until early March.

After the launch of the military intervention, foreign Air Force planes and Navy ships have used the military bases of Souda for refueling. Among them are six Mirage 2000 planes of Qatar which take part in the operations.

Source: Xinhua

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