Syria send ships to evacuate nationals from Libya

22:04, February 24, 2011      

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Two ships left Syria Thursday for Libya to evacuate Syrians there from turmoil, Syrian official news agency SANA reported.

The Syrian transport ministry is seeking to hire additional ships to secure the evacuation of Syrian nationals from the violence in Libya, Syrian Transport Minister Yarub Badr was quoted by SANA as saying.

Ghaida Abdullatif, the director general of the Syrian Arab Airlines, said the institution would continue to run flights to the airport in the Syrian capital of Tripoli, adding that additional flights would be put into operation after getting necessary permission.

Resources estimate the number of Syrians in Libya at 150,000 to 20,000. Syrian Ambassador to Libya Hilal al-Atrash confirmed that no casualty was registered in the Syrian community in Libya.

Source: Xinhua
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