Turkey to send more ships to Libya for evacuation

20:31, February 22, 2011      

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Turkey will send two more ships to evacuate Turkish nationals from Libya, where deadly uprising continued against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, local media reported Tuesday.

One ship will set sail for Libya this afternoon and the other will leave on Wednesday, following two ships sent earlier to the unrest-scarred country, the semi-official Anatolia news agency quoted unnamed officials as saying.

Altogether 1,083 Turkish nationals have been brought back to Turkey from Libya so far, Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said Tuesday.

Around 25,000 Turkish citizens are in Libya, according to the report.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had phoned Gaddafi twice over securing Turkish citizens' safety, Turkish State Minister for Foreign Trade Zafer Caglayan told reporters on Monday.

More than 200 Turkish firms are operating in Libya with nearly 4,000 Turkish workers and projects worth more than 15 billion U.S. dollars, said Caglayan.

He said looters in Libya attacked 14 Turkish construction sites in Libya but no casualties among Turkish citizens were reported.

Source: Xinhua
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