Libya: Airlifting tomorrow; by sea from sunday


Staff member
New Delhi February 26:

Two Special Air India flights to Tripoli will operate from tomorrow over the next 10 days and two Naval warships including amphibious vessel INS Jalashwa will also set sail to bring back thousands of Indian nationals stranded in strife-torn Libya.

Evacuation through sea will begin from Sunday with one of the chartered ships,'Scotia Prince', with a capacity to accomodate 1,200 persons set to reach Benghazi port in Libya. An estimated 18,000 Indian nationals live in Libya.

With Libyan government granting landing permission for two Air India planes daily from tomorrow till March 7, one aircraft each from Delhi and Mumbai will be deployed to ferry Indian nationals from Libya which is witnessing violent anti-government protests that has so far claimed several hundred lives.