The Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday said that about 14,000 Indians have been evacuated from Libya,including about 1,000 passengers who were flown back in the past 24 hours from Tripoli,on three Air India special flights.
Over the next 24 hours,about 2,400 persons will come home in eight special flights,from Libya (Tripoli and Sebha) and Egypt (Alexandria), an MEA spokesperson said,giving an update of the evacuation.
Four Air India planes are on their way to Libya to fly back 1,000 persons from Tripoli and 400 from Sehba on Wednesday,leaving behind about 550 in Tripoli and 450 in Sehba,who will be evacuated on Thursday.
Our nationals from Sirte,Misurata,Benghazi and Kufrah have already been pulled out, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said,adding that,by Thursday almost all Indian nationals,who want to leave Libya,will be back home.
MV Scotia Prince arrived in Alexandria Tuesday with 972 passengers on board. An IAF IL-76 (Gajraj) took off from Alexandria on Wednesday for New Delhi,and the first batch of 181 Indian nationals will reach in the night.
Three additional special Egypt Air flights are ferrying the remaining passengers to Mumbai. Navy ships INS Jalashwa and INS Mysore are already in the Mediterranean,just off the Libyan coast.
The two ships have adequate capacity but may not be pressed into service,given the flights are operating between Libya and India since February 26.