From ships to airplanes to vans, foreigners are fleeing the violence in Libya by any means possible, reports AP
. Hundreds of U.S. citizens on a ferry bound for Malta could not leave Tripoli on Wednesday due to high seas.
The U.K. government had to borrow a plane from BP to rescue its
citizens from Tripoli after a mechanical failure grounded the plane the
government had planned to send, reports the Daily Telegraph
170 British oil workers are still stuck in the deserts and unable to
get to the airport. "These camps are remote, they're isolated, they are
scattered over a large distance, they're dependent for food or water on
supplies from Libyan cities that have been severely disrupted by the
violence and unrest," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
"They are in a perilous and frightening situation." Two Turkish ships
rescued 3,000 of the country's 25,000 citizens in Libya, many of whom
work on construction sites. More than 12 countries, including Russia,
China, Germany, and Ukraine, sent planes to rescue their nationals. As
governments worked to evacuate their citizens, chaos engulfed Tripoli
airport, where stranded passengers desperately tried to get on the few
flights leaving the country Wednesday. "It was just terrible. People
fighting for their lives, scrambling over people, pushing, shoving,
kicking, everything. It was a mess," said a passenger from Malta who
managed to get on a flight. China is preparing to remove 30,000 Chinese
workers on a plane and a Greek ship. Meanwhile, Italy is fretting
over the prospect of 300,000 Africans landing on its shores as they flee conflict in Libya.