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No extra transport for Swedes in Libya yet

Publicerat tisdag 22 februari 2011 kl 19.06
Protestors on the streets of Tripoli. Foto: AP/Scanpix.

Efforts are in full force to get the 30-some Swedes who are in Libya out of the country, according to the Swedish foreign ministry. However, the work is slow and difficult, and so far, the foreign ministry has no concrete plans to send in special charter airplanes, reports news agency TT.

"It's hard – impossibly hard – to reach out to all the Swedes, given the miserable communication conditions that exist in Libya," says Joakim Larsson with the foreign ministry's press service on Tuesday evening.

Some 15 to 20 Swedes are in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Some of them have already been able to leave the country, while others have been transported to a gathering place that the Ericsson Camp has at its disposal. It lies between the capital and the airport, and the situation is said to be under control there.

"It's extremely chaotic at the airport with a huge crowd. But we know now that some of the Swedes are on their way home now," says Larsson.

"Swedes can now turn to help counters that Portugal, Austria and Germany have set up at the airport," says Larsson. "That's what we used for the first time in Egypt, and it worked."

The ministry advises Swedes here in Sweden who know they have relatives in Libya to contact the ministry with information.

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