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Evacuation of Swedes has begun

Published onsdag 23 februari 2011 kl 20.45

Seven Swedes who have been working in Libya arrived in Rome by plane from Tripoli Wednesday evening, the news agency TT reported. They are the first Swedes to be evacuated. Another dozen or so people remain in the country, but the Foreign Ministry is optimistic that they can be evacuated relatively soon.

"There are eight Swedes gathered in Benghazi and we are working on various alternatives to try to get them out by boat," Camilla Åkesson Lindblom at the Foreign Ministry's press service told Swedish Radio news earlier on Wednesday.

Swedish Radio news reports that, according to the EU commission press spokesman, there are some ten thousand EU-citizens currently in Libya. The spokesman told reporters in Brussels that the EU countries are co-operating to evacuate them, and there is also co-operation with Turkey, which has chartered ships to get the 24,000 turks that have been staying in Libya.

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