Two military planes arrive in Turkey, as more Turks await evacuation in Tripoli
Two cargo planes with the Turkish Air Forces arrived early on Saturday in Turkey, bringing back 132 Turkish nationals from Libya as the civil unrest has escalated in this Northern African country, Anadolu News Agency reported.
The cargo plane landed at the Dalaman Airport as four others were enroute to Turkey with more passengers and three to four thousand more Turks were waiting for evacuation at an airport in Tripoli.
Turkish Foreign Ministry has said an air bridge had been established to evacuate Turkish nationals from Libya with 12 military and civilian planes, adding that nearly 1,350 Turks have been airlifted since Thursday.
Nearly ten thousand Turks have been evacuated by sea, air and land transportation in Turkey's efforts to save its nationals from civil strife in Libya.
The Foreign Ministry said that two Turkish frigates set sail from Benghazi port Saturday carrying 221 Turks and 517 foreign nationals from 25 countries.
The ministry also said Turkey was set to send on Saturday two tons of food to Turks awaiting evacuation at the Tripoli airport.