Efforts underway to evacuate Turkish citizens from Libya
Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching several initiatives for safety of Turkish citizens in Libya and their evacuation as unrest swept the north African country, Anadolu News Agency reported.
The Ministry proposed that Turkish citizens could proceed to Egypt from Libyan city of Tobruk by land and that they could be evacuated from Egypt by planes.
Egyptian authorities extended full support to the proposal.
The Ministry will send four more planes and two ships to bring Turkish citizens back to Turkey from Libya.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters on his way to Tunisia that the safety of Turkish citizens was the most important thing for the time being.
"We are concerned about recent developments in the eastern Libyan cities of Benghazi, Bayda, Derna and Tobruk. There are around 25 thousand Turkish citizens in Libya. There are also 22 construction areas run by Turkish companies in Benghazi, Tobruk and Derna. We held a meeting at the Ministry overnight and assessed recent developments," he said.
A week-long unrest left hundreds of people dead in Libya as people took to the streets to demonstrate against Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year reign.