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22:36, 17 November 2017 Friday
Update: 17:46, 22 February 2011 Tuesday

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Turkey sends another ferry to evacuate Turks from Libya

Turkey has sent another ferry on Tuesday to bring back its citizens from Benghazi.

In addition to two ferries set sail to Libya, Turkey has sent another ferry on Tuesday to bring back its citizens from Benghazi where thousands of Turks are waiting to be evacuated as anti-Gaddafi protests rock the north African nation.

The military ferry from Turkish navy is expected to arrive at ports of Derna and Sirt on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It will bring back 1,500 Turkish citizens living or working in these cities, the statement said.

There are around 25,000 Turks in Libya.

In earlier efforts to evacuate Turks in Libya, Turkey had sent several passenger planes and two ships in coordination with Istanbul Ferry Lines. These two ships are expected to arrive at Benghazi later in the day. Two Turkish frigates will escort ferries, it added.

The ministry also said that scheduled flights between Istanbul and Tripoli are still under way, adding that Turkish Airlines will send seven more passenger planes to Benghazi and Tripoli if Libyan authorities give the green light.

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