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44 Indian nurses return to Kerala from Libya

PTI  Kochi, August 05, 2014
First Published: 10:32 IST(5/8/2014) | Last Updated: 13:07 IST(5/8/2014)

In the first batch of evacuation of Indian nurses from strife-torn Libya, 44 Keralite nurses arrived in Kochi on Tuesday morning from Dubai.

The nurses were brought by bus from Tunisia to Dubai where they boarded a scheduled Emirates flight to Kochi at 3.30 AM, airport officials here said.

The nurses were working in various hospitals in Libya.

The 44 were among 58 nurses who had reached Tunisia from Tripoli two days ago. Another batch of 43 nurses had reached the Tunisian border on Monday.

Watch video: Indian nurses return home from Libya

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had wrote to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on August 1 seeking the Centre's help in arranging flight for facilitating the return of the nurses.

Fighting between rival militias in Tripoli over the past three weeks and clashes between Islamists and army in the eastern city of Benghazi have prompted several countries to evacuate their nationals and diplomatic staff.

Last month, 46 nurses, who were held captive by ISIS militants in Iraq, returned home by a special Air India Flight here bringing an end to their about month-long trauma.


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