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Libya

50 Swedes among thousands stuck in Tripoli

Published onsdag 2 mars 2011 kl 10.30
Two flights, taking off on Malta, were allowed to land on the Tripoli airport on Tuesday. Photo: Scanpix

About 50 Swedes are still stuck in Libya and at least seven of them want help to leave the country, according to diplomat Håkan Hjort.

The airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli has been closed because of the uprising. The Swedish foreign ministry is taking part in an international task force trying to evacuate westerners who are stuck in the country.

Yesterday, two flights were allowed to land in Tripoli to evacuate foreign nationals, but no Swedes were on board the flights.

Hjort told Swedish Radio News that the evacuation flights start from Malta but that they never know if they will be permitted to land in Tripoli before they arrive. The airport is filled with people who want to leave the country, he added.

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