|India evacuates its nationals
India has begun the process
of evacuating its nationals stranded in troubled
Libya by sending two aircraft with total capacity of
640 passengers to Tripoli besides despatching four
The specially chartered Air India Boeing 747 with a
capacity of 360 passengers, and an Airbus 330 with a
capacity of 280, are en route to Tripoli and were to
land shortly, External Affairs Ministry said in a
statement in New Delhi.
The aircraft will return to New Delhi after picking
up passengers at Tripoli, it said.
Besides, two Naval ships – INS Jalashwa and INS
Mysore – set sail from Mumbai this morning for
Libya. The sailing time is about twelve days to
Another passenger ship with a capacity of 1,600,
presently in the Mediterranean, is being chartered
today and will be pressed into service for assisting
the departure of our nationals out of Libya, the
Scotia Prince, another chartered ship, is scheduled
to depart for Benghazi (Libya) from Port Said
(Egypt) today at 2000 hrs and is likely to arrive at
its destination by the afternoon of February 28. The
ship has a capacity of 1,200 passengers.
The Ministry said it has positioned additional
personnel at the Indian Embassy in Tripoli to help
in the process.
There are around 18,000 Indians in Libya and the
government is concerned about their well-being in
view of the deteriorating situation in the country
following a popular uprising.