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Cairo embassy evacuates Indians from Libya

Indians in Libya are being ferried from the nation to Egypt,from where they are flown to India.

Written by Agencies | Cairo | Published: March 6, 2011 10:11:59 am

Amid increasing unrest in Libya,the Indian Embassy in Cairo is continuing efforts to evacuate Indians stranded there for the second consecutive week.

A chartered ship Scotia Prince carrying 1,188 Indian nationals from Benghazi,second biggest Libyan city,docked at Alexandria port in Egypt on March 2. They were immediately flown to India through five chartered aircrafts.

Scotia Prince has again set sail for Benghazi for a second evacuation of about 1,146 Indian nationals on March 3 and is expected to arrive in Alexandria back on March 7.

Arrangements for air transport for them to India has already been made.

As of today,467 Indian nationals have also been assisted at the Salloum border post between Egypt and Libya.

The Indian Embassy officials stationed at Salloum facilitated immigration at the border and arranged special buses to bring them to Cairo.

They have been temporarily accommodated in a hotel and would be flown to Mumbai,India,mainly through Gulf Air.

The Regional Passport Office in Mumbai along with various agencies of the Central and State government will then facilitate their travel to their respective hometowns.

The Indian Embassy has set up a delegation at Egypt’s crossing of Salloum on the border with Libya.

The delegation facilitates issuing new travelling papers for those whose papers were burnt or lost in the attempt of Indians to flee the chaos there.

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