The British military have released pictures of a second daring mission to rescue oil workers from the remote Libyan desert.
In an operation led by elite SAS special forces teams three C-130 Hercules aircraft flew at low level to pick up a total of 150 civilians trapped by Libya revolution. A similar rescue had been carried out the day before.
The aircraft had no permission, and one sustained minor damage from small arms fire.
A further 200 evacuees from several countries also arrived in Malta after being picked up by the British Royal Navy frigate HMS Cumberland on its latest trip to Benghazi.
The passage to Malta took 18 hours.
One British evacuee praised the people of Benghazi saying: “We made our own way to Benghazi and the people we met there were just fabulous. We couldn’t get on the boat that night so they took us in, four of us and they gave us dinner and a room for the night, did some ringing around for us, took us to the port, you couldn’t have wished more.”
It was the Cumberland’s second foray into the Libyan port since the revolution began.
There were 27 nationalities on board this latest mercy mission. 50 evacuees were UK citizens.