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1,500 Indians expected from Libya soon

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A day after a special Air India aircraft brought 204 Indian nationals home from Djerba in Tunisia, the airline will operate a flight on Friday to fly back another 216.

“By the end of the week, it is expected that 1,500 Indian nationals would have been moved out of strife-stricken areas of Libya,” said MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin here on Thursday.

As Libya — particularly capital Tripoli and another major city Benghazi — witnessed the fiercest violence since the fall of Muammar Qadhafi, the African nation’s Parliament on Wednesday called for an immediate, unconditional ceasefire by all warring parties under United Nations supervision. With the violence escalating, several countries have evacuated their nationals from the country’s strife-torn areas.

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