The international effort to get foreigners out of Libya is gathering pace as the situation in the country becomes increasingly volatile.
Large numbers of Chinese nationals found an escape route from the line of fire on board Greek cruise liners.
Governments’ efforts to rescue their citizens are taking many forms.
Britain said it was sending a naval destroyer. A plane sent from Russia flew some of its nationals and a number of Ukrainians into Moscow. But as one doctor in the group explained, getting to the airport in Libya, with roadblocks that had to be crossed, was a journey fraught with danger.
“Libyans helped us to pass cordons,” said Yuri Velchik. “I don’t know how they did it. But our memory cards and sim cards were taken away and it was very scary to drive. They all had covered faces. They were dirty and aggressive.”
Russia’s repatriations come as countries worldwide move to extract their citizens from this crisis. One particular concern is that about 3,000 EU citizens remain in Libya and have yet to be evacuated.