Forty-four Keralite nurses from strife-torn Libya arrived in Kochi by a scheduled Emirates flight, airport officials said on Tuesday. The nurses were brought by bus from Tunisia to Dubai where they boarded a scheduled Emirates flight to Kochi at 3.30 AM, airport officials here said.
Indian nurses working at al-Jala hospital in Benghazi had requested for evacuation a day after Islamic militia officially declared control over the city.
Many nurses from Kerala had gone to Tripoli a year back and concern grew after militant groups fighting for control reached Tripoli and targeted the airport.
Parents of around 100 Keralite nurses met in Kottayam a few days back to seek government intervention in their safe return to their homeland. Also, Kerala minister Oommen Chandy had written to External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to ensure a safe return of Indian nurses rescued from Libya.
Last month, 46 nurses, who were held captive by ISIS militants in Iraq returned home by a special Air India Flight bringing an end to their about month-long trauma.