03 Mar '11, 4am

China says 36,000 evacuated from Libya

BEIJING: China said it has evacuated nearly 36,000 nationals from strife-ridden Libya as well as more than 2,000 people from other countries, in the largest such overseas operation ever undertaken by Beijing. "All Chinese who desired to go back and whose whereabouts were known by the foreign ministry have been evacuated from Libya," Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao said in a statement released late Wednesday. Of the 35,860 Chinese evacuated, nearly 21,000 have already returned to China, while the others were on their way back, he said. The huge air, sea and land operation staged over the past week has dominated state media coverage of the unrest in the North African state which has left hundreds dead and sent thousands of foreigners fleeing the country. "This was the largest and the most complicated overseas evacuation ever conducted by the Chinese government," Song said. Ch...

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