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British nationals evacuated out of Libya

British nationals are still stuck in Libya but since the political unrest  has increased evacuation efforts successfully transported  500 people out of the country by boat and aircraft. The Foreign office reports that less than 500 British people are still in the country. David Cameron, England’s Prime Minister, is scheduled to head an important meeting with the National Security Council.
Cameron apologized for how the evacuation has been handled as critics claim that the process has not been fast enough. Reports say that the SAS is preparing for an emergency deployment. Approximately 79 British people fled Libya and arrived in Gatwick Airport last week. After this a Foreign Office flight evacuated 183 people from the country. Another flight landed in England on Friday but it is unknown how many passengers were onboard.
HMS Cumberland transported a further 68 people to safetly in Malta. The passangers were collected from Benghazi.
Numerous people who made it to safety said that the Foreign Office’s response to the crisis was a disaster. They added that they were not cared for properly during the 14 hour wait for their plane. They said they experienced physical discomfort and did not have enough food. The passengers continued to say that the British officials were organized when they arrived in London but the communication with London when they were still in Libya was chaotic.
One woman and her baby were airlifted out of Libya by LearJet. The woman gave birth by Cesarean section and she was taken to Malta with her family. Cameron said that the situation has been difficult and that ministers should learn from the way that the evacuation has been handled. Obama and Cameron also discussed the situation via phone last week. A Downing Street representative said that Libya agreed to co-operate with the evacuation of foreign nationals.

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