The nightmare is over for more than 2,000 mainly Chinese workers, who have escaped Libya on board a Greek-flagged passenger ferry. It is just one of several vessels chartered by Beijing to bring its expats to safety.
The evacuees have been arriving in the port town of Heraklion on the island of Crete.
“The Heraklion Port authority, the authority which I am representing, will do everything in our power to put ourselves in the place of these people and treat them with respect and kindness,” said Ioannis Bras, Managing Director of the Heraklion Port Authority.
Bad weather conditions delayed the arrival in Malta of the UK warship HMS Cumberland, evacuating Britons and other foreigners from Benghazi. Some had been touched personally by the turmoil gripping Libya.
“I have friends who are standing around in the streets and mercenaries would come around with plateless cars. And I had a group of friends, three of them, they got shot down. They got killed,” said Libyan/UK citizen Ahmed Neihoum.
Britain’s government is stepping up its response to the crisis, amid claims that it has been slow to organise evacuations from Libya.