Feb 24 (Reuters) - Following are details of countries and companies evacuating nationals and employees from Libya or closing operations due to the political turmoil.
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BOSNIA: Bosnia said three planes received clearance from Libyan authorities to evacuate a first group out of up to 1,500 Bosnian nationals in Tripoli. It said the first aircraft should arrive back in Sarajevo late on Thursday.
*BRITAIN: There are about 500 British nationals in Libya including 170 workers in various desert camps. About 300 are in the capital and 70 in the eastern city of Benghazi.
A Royal Air Force C130 Hercules has left Tripoli with 51 Britons and 13 others, bound for Malta. A second C130 is deploying to Malta and will be ready to assist as required. The frigate, HMS Cumberland, left the Libyan port of Benghazi carrying more than 200 people, including Britons, French and Canadians.
BULGARIA: Around 100 Bulgarian citizens residing in Benghazi will be able to leave Libya on board a Turkish ship due to dock in Benghazi on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said.
*CANADA: Said it would send a military cargo plane to evacuate its citizens after plans to send a chartered civilian airliner on Thursday to Tripoli fell through over insurance concerns. Almost 200 Canadians had been, or were about to be, evacuated from Libya on planes and ships arranged by other nations, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said.
CHINA: China Daily reported that more than 30,000 Chinese citizens were living in Libya when the turmoil erupted.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said more than 4,600 Chinese citizens had been evacuated, either to China or to a “safer third country”. Ma said almost 100 buses had been arranged to retrieve its citizens from the Libya-Egypt border and the first chartered plane had taken off for Beijing on Thursday carrying 200 passengers, mostly women and children.
CROATIA: Croatia said 28 Croatian workers had left Benghazi onboard an Italian military ship bound for Malta. A plane from Zagreb landed in Tripoli and Croatian officials were trying to reach the remaining workers located at three different sites. There are around 125 Croat workers still in Libya.
FRANCE: Paris sent planes to Libya earlier this week to repatriate French nationals. Defence Minister Alain Juppe said 500-550 people, mostly French, had been taken to Paris. About 200 French citizens, tourists or people not seeking to leave, were still in the country.
GERMANY: Military sources have said Germany is sending ships to the Libyan coast to help evacuate German citizens. The military is sending a supply vessel “Berlin” and the frigates “Brandenburg” and “Rheinland-Pfalz”, with about 600 soldiers aboard.
GREECE: Greece will send three military planes on Thursday to evacuate Greeks from Tripoli and Sabha. The “Hellenic Spirit” with 2,037 passengers docked at the port of Heraklion. Later, the “Olympic Champion” arrived with 2,467 on board, mainly Chinese. Authorities said Greeks, Russians, Romanians, Ukrainians and Italians were among the passengers.
INDIA: India said on Thursday the government had sent a ship to Benghazi and hoped to evacuate at least 1,200 citizens to Alexandria by March 1. They will be flown to India by special flights. It is waiting to get landing clearance for planes in Tripoli, for which aircraft are on standby.
Indian companies operating in Libya have offered to help the embassy in the evacuation. There are 18,000 Indians in the country, mostly in the oil, construction and health sectors.
IRELAND: Ireland is to try on Thursday again to get a plane back to Tripoli. There are around 70 Irish people in Libya, with 54 of those in Tripoli and the majority at the airport. A plane did land on Wednesday but was prevented by Libyan security from picking up Irish nationals and it returned to Malta.
ITALY: Italy said on Wednesday it had repatriated 800 Italians from Libya and was hoping to fly back all those wanting to leave Tripoli and the surrounding area by Thursday. Italy has sent a C-130 military aircraft to evacuate Italians from Tripoli and Sebah.
*NETHERLANDS: A Dutch plane evacuated 82 people from Libya on Tuesday, 32 Dutch citizens and 50 from countries including Belgium, Britain and the United States, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
A second Dutch plane arrived in Tripoli on Thursday morning and later departed with 42 passengers, nine of whom were Dutch. About 60 Dutch nationals are still in Libya.
PHILIPPINES: President Benigno Aquino said on Thursday his government is making preparations to repatriate about half of the 26,000 Filipino workers in Libya, most of them working in the medical and oil and gas sectors.
The government has also set aside 100 million pesos ($2.3 million) to lease planes to ferry Filipinos from Libya. Philippine Airlines and Qatar’s national carrier could ferry 200-300 Filipinos per trip.
ROMANIA: A plane will leave from Bucharest to Tripoli on Feb. 24 and Romania has asked its citizens in Libya to confirm their plans to leave on an emergency basis. Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi said there were 450 Romanians in Libya.
SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa on Thursday said it is arranging for a flight to evacuate some embassy staff and about 30-40 of its nationals from Libya.
SOUTH KOREA: The Foreign Ministry has advised its nationals to leave if their business was not urgent. A total of 1,300 South Koreans are in Libya working for construction companies.
SWEDEN: Sweden estimated that around 20 Swedish citizens remain in Libya after many Swedes left in recent days. Some of those remaining have made clear they do not intend to leave.
SYRIA: Syria has sent vessels to pick up Syrian nationals from different areas in Libya, in addition to continuing its flights to Tripoli. Minister of Transport Yarub Badr said two ships have been sent so far, the first of which will arrive at Benghazi Port on Thursday while the second will head towards Libya’s territorial waters to be directed later.
TUNISIA: Tunisia had at least 30,000 nationals in Libya. At least 7,000 have been able to leave. Tunisia sent five flights to Libya on Wednesday and two others before that. Tunisia has scheduled a ferry to travel to Benghazi.
TURKEY: Turkey said 6,700 people had been brought to Turkey in the evacuation from Libya on two ships and 15 planes. A Turkish navy ship with a capacity of 1,500 people, escorted by two frigates and a fuelling ship, arrived at Benghazi at midday on Thursday.
UNITED STATES: High winds and seas have prevented Americans and other foreigners from leaving Libya aboard a chartered ferry for a second day, with no change in weather expected soon, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. The ferry was due to leave Tripoli on Wednesday bound for Malta.
Reporting by Reuters bureaux; Compiled and edited by David Cutler