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China's successful evacuation from Libya completed

03-04-2011 08:44 BJT Special Report:Chinese Evacuated from Libya |

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Nine days of emergency evacuations have seen more than 35-thousand Chinese citizens removed from the chaos in Libya.

The largest organized overseas evacuation since the founding of new China has been successful with the efforts from the Chinese government and assistance from many Chinese compatriots.

At midnight on Wednesday, a plane chartered by the Chinese embassy took off from Istanbul, and in the process flew home the last 188 Chinese evacuees in Turkey.

Embassy and consular staff, along with volunteers from local Chinese companies and associations, have provided full care for those being evacuated.

A Chinese volunteer in Istanbul said, "You'll find there's a ticket in your passport. With the ticket and passport, you take your luggage, and then go ahead."

It is impossible for many of the evacuees to hold back a smile as they finally get their hands on their ticket home.

Elsewhere, the Ras Jdir crossing point between Libya and Tunisia has been nothing short of chaotic since the violence began. Tens of thousands of people have been trying to leave the country through here, prompting the Chinese Embassy in Tunisia to set up a team specifically to help those leaving.

Zhou Ruisheng, Counselor of Chinese Embassy in Tunisia, said, "We tried our best. We only have 18 diplomatic officers at the embassy. 14 of them have come to the front line to help with the evacuation."

The successful evacuation of so many people was made possible by efforts at various levels of government, as well as by the strong will of the evacuees, and the selfless help offered by so many Chinese compatriots.

Nine days of emergency evacuations have seen more than 35-thousand Chinese
citizens removed from the chaos in Libya.




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