Africa

Hundreds of Chinese workers are evacuated from Libya

  • 7 August 2014
  • From the section Africa
Chinese nationals evacuated from Libya carry their baggage after arriving at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece (2 August 2014) Image copyright AP
Image caption Some Chinese nationals evacuated from Libya were taken to Greece

China has evacuated almost 900 of its workers caught up in fighting in Libya, a Chinese official has told the BBC, leaving only a few dozen in Tripoli.

The Chinese are the latest in long list of overseas workers to leave Libya, including Americans, Britons, Egyptians, Filipinos and Pakistanis.

Libya has been gripped by violence involving militias that spearheaded the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.

Several hundred people have died in an upsurge of unrest.

Much of the fighting has between rival militia groups over the last month.

The fighting has been centred on the international airport in Tripoli and in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Correspondents say that this is not the first time that China has evacuated its workers in Libya - during the Libyan civil war in 2011, China evacuated 35,860 nationals.

China on Wednesday thanked Greece for its help in evacuating nearly 80 of its nationals from Libya last week.

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Image caption Seventy-eight Chinese citizens were among those evacuated from Libya by the Greek navy frigate Salamis
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Image caption The international community has been forced to launch a major operation to get foreign workers out of Libya