Indian mission in Tripoli advised all Indian nationals to leave strife torn Libya

Jul 29, 2014 14:28 IST

India’s mission in Tripoli on 28 July 2014 advised all its nationals to leave strife-torn Libya using all available means for exiting Libya. It also asked its citizens not to travel to the Libya till the situation improves. The mission asked Indians to move to safer places and avoid the conflict zones that include Benghazi and Tripoli.

In the meanwhile, India also decided to deploy additional staff at its Mission in Tripoli after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj directed Indian Mission to facilitate return of the Indian nationals from Libya.

The advice was issued after an oil depot was set on fire on 28 July 2014 during severe fighting between rival militias at Tripoli's international airport. The spurt in violence has been the worst level of violence since the 2011 Spring Revolution that ousted Moammar Gadhafi.

Over the weekend, the United States and Britain have evacuated their embassies in Libya and transferred the staff to Tunisia. Other countries to have pulled out their embassies in Libya are Germany, the Netherlands and France.

Indians in Libya
At present, Libya houses about 6000 Indian citizens, who are engaged in their works over there. Before the uprising, Libya housed more than 18000 Indians, which has decreased to 6000 since uprising. Indians nationals in Libya are employed in
• Hospitals
• Teaching institutions
• Construction project

Earlier, a major number of Indians were evacuated to India from Libya in February-March 2011.

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