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More Indians set to return home as evacuation picks pace

Two special Air India flights are expected to bring another 600 Indians from Libyan capital of Tripoli late night today while the 68 Indian nationals who had crossed over to Salloum (Egypt) reached Mumbai by this morning. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Mar 01, 2011 01:20 IST
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Two special Air India flights are expected to bring another 600 Indians from Libyan capital of Tripoli late night on Monday while the 68 Indian nationals who had crossed over to Salloum (Egypt) reached Mumbai by this morning.

Another 82 Indians crossed over to Salloum late last evening are being taken to Cairo and expected to leave by Gulf Air flight (GF-056) via Bahrain on Tuesday. They will arrive in Mumbai next on Wednesday. The land route from Libya to to Ras Jedir in Tunisia is being put to use by Indians.

A total of 378 individuals have already crossed over from Libya using this route.

“A special Air India flight is proposed to be pressed into service to fly them back to India. Another 100 persons are likely to similarly cross over on Monday,” said the ministry of external affairs in a statement.

Meanwhile, Indian officials are will be rushed to Sicily in Italy to speed up arrangements for passenger ship La Superba’s trip to Benghazi (Libya).

Up to 3000 Indian nationals, including 400 who have travelled across from Al Kufrah by road, will be evacuated by Scotia Prince and La Superba, the MEA said.

Scotia Prince is expected to reach Benghazi at 1500 hours (local time) today and will return to Alexandria on March 2.

Senior MEA officials have reached Malta to set up yet another base camp for organizing sea shuttles between Libya and Malta.