The urgent effort to evacuate foreign nationals from Libya continues, including 150 oil workers, who were dramatically rescued by British special forces. They were flown out of Libya to Malta.
Reporting from the Mediterranean island, euronews’ Jose Miguel Sardo said: ‘‘Since Monday, Malta has become the main platform for foreigners being repatriated from Libya. In the last 5 days alone more than 2000 people have passed through this small airport.’‘
For those safely out, personal relief their ordeal is almost over, but also horror at the unfolding events.
Tom Yates, from the Australian Consul General to Libya, said: ‘‘It was an experience that I will never forget for the rest of my life. I think all us who have left Libya are very sad. Many of us have got Libyan friends and the Libyan people are very kind people. They have certainly been very kind and helpful to me and they certainly in any shape or form deserve to be treated in the terrible and brutal way they have been treated in the last few weeks.’‘
Along with Britain, other countries continue to evacuate their nationals, including China, which has moved at least 16,000 of its citizens out of Libya.