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Greece’s successful operation rescues foreign citizens from Libya

 

 

After sailing for almost 27 hours on a 650 miles distance departing from Pireus, the frigate Salamis accessed the port of Tripoli, Libya, Thursday afternoon on July 31, 2014.

, The Greek Navy Seals which manned the mission, as soon as the frigate arrived, secured a perimeter as a suitable space on the port area,  settled a boarding mini-station for the needs of the emergency on the port of Tripoli, by securing a perimeter on a suitable space, and helped so the citizens to board on the inflatable boats and be transferred to the frigate which , due to the htreatening situtation taking place in Libya on these moments had to remain sailing near the Tripoli port until the 186 citizens embarked on it .

Due to the large wave height in the sea, it was not possible to transport all the citizens on dinghies, so the transfer continued with two Libyan trailers. The team of the Greek Navy Seals on specially equipped boat was accompanying the boats and trailers on their the route from land to the ship.  The whole mission was successfully completed and the first 186 foreign citizens were  transfered to Pireus/

From the 186 people transferred, 77 people were Greeks, (including the staff of the Greek Embassy), 78 were Chinese, 10 British, 12 people were from Cyprus, 7 from Belgium, one from Albania and one from Russia. • The frigate arrived back at the port of Pireus early morning on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.

 

Since the weekend, France, Brazil, Britain, and now Greece and Cyprus have advised their citizens to leave Libya.

Meanwhile, the European Union said it was moving its mission assistance together with its staff members from Libya to Tunisia.

Albert del Rosario, foreign secretary of the Philippines, said he will fly to Djerba Island, which is near the Libyan border to ensure that 13,000 Filipino workers are safely evacuated from Tripoli, Misarata and Benghazi.

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