Around 12,000 Chinese nationals have so far been evacuated from protests-hit Libya, a Chinese minister said on Friday.
Vice foreign minister Song Tao told reporters about the latest figure at the Beijing International Airport shortly after welcoming back home over 200 Chinese on the first chartered plane sent by the Chinese government to evacuate its nationals in Libya, Xinhua reported.
The plane arrived at the airport on early Friday.
The second chartered plane, which arrived in Cairo on Thursday, has also left for Beijing. It is expected to arrive at Beijing airport at 9:00 am on Friday.