Dutch to send military aircraft to bring nationals back from Libya

The foreign affairs ministry plans to send a military aircraft to the Libyan capital Tripoli to bring back Dutch nationals stranded in the country following the outbreak of anti-government protests, Nos television reports.

The broadcaster says a plane which should have brought back holidaymakers and business travellers on Monday was refused permission to land.
Nos also reports that air traffic controllers have left Tripoli airport, effectively closing it down.


The foreign ministry says there are some 150 Dutch nationals in Libya, some of whom are at the airport waiting to be brought home.
One Dutchman, André Mooij from Alkmaar who was visiting a childhood friend in the port city of Sirte with his family, told the Telegraaf in a satellite phone conversation he was hiding out in the cellar.
‘I have been in touch with the consulate and we are not to go outside at all. It is way too dangerous,’ he told the paper. ‘I can hear helicopters and jets racing by. I can hear shooting.’
Mooij said the embassy was planning to pick them up in an armoured vehicle, but later phoned back to say the Red Cross would be bringing them out by helicopter.
Dutch building firm BAM is planning to evacuate its 260 staff – a handful of Dutch expats and 250 Asians – from Libya. BAM has operated in the country since 1980.
Shell is also pulling out staff.
For the latest BBC report on the situation in Libya, click here

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