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#singapore news: World scrambles to evacuate thousands from Libya: VALLETTA : Thousands of foreign workers were

VALLETTA : Thousands of foreign workers were evacuated from Libya by air, land and sea in dramatic scenes on Saturday as fears of a civil war in the oil-rich North African state triggered a desperate exodus. British military planes evacuated 150 people from camps in the Libyan desert in one rescue mission, while a British warship and a Chinese-chartered ferry docked in the Mediterranean island of Malta loaded with 2,500 evacuees. "It was very scary, the scariest experience of my life," George Camilleri, a Maltese national who fled violence in the now rebel-held eastern Libyan port of Benghazi, told AFP as he stepped off the ferry back onto his homeland. Camilleri said he witnessed "fierce fighting" in the streets of Benghazi. A Tunisian official told AFP meanwhile that more 38,000 people had fled across Tunisia's main Ras Jedir border since the start of the exodus a week a...

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