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February 25th, 2011
03:15 PM ET

Countries scramble to get citizens out of Libya

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Governments around the world are making a run to get their citizens out of volatile Libya Friday. Here is a country-by-country breakdown:

UNITED STATES

A U.S. charter aircraft departed Libya for Istanbul, Turkey, on Friday, carrying American and international citizens, the U.S. State Department said.

A U.S. ferry carrying about 300 people, including 168 Americans, arrived Friiday night in Malta. Bad weather initially delayed its departure from Tripoli.

The State Department recommended Thursday that any U.S. citizens in Libya "depart immediately due to the potential for ongoing unrest."

BRITAIN

The British Foreign Office said it has helped about 600 British nationals leave Libya. It has taken more than 1,000 calls since Thursday evening from British nationals wanting to leave Libya as well from their families and colleagues in Britain.

A charter flight from Tripoli landed at London's Gatwick Airport early Friday with 130 people aboard, including 53 Britons, the Foreign Office said. A second charter flight departed Tripoli for Gatwick on Friday afternoon with expatriates, including 34 British nationals.

The HMS Cumberland departed Benghazi carrying 207 passengers, about 68 of them British, the Foreign Office said. The ship was scheduled to arrive Friday in Valletta, Malta. Another 49 British nationals were aboard the U.S. ferry that departed Tripoli, it said.

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February 25th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
February 25th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Libyan chaos raises worries over chemical weapons stockpile

Pam Benson
CNN National Security Producer

Washington (CNN) - The chaos in Libya has raised fears about the security of deadly mustard gas stockpiled in the country and whether Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi might use it on his own people.

A U.S. official said that in a "chaotic situation" there is concern about Libya possessing mustard gas and other chemical agents.

Although there has been no signs that the Libyan leader has ordered their use, Gadhafi is often described by officials as an unpredictable, mercurial individual.

Libya still has approximately 10 tons of the deadly blister agent left in its arsenal, according to Peter Crail, a non-proliferation expert at the Arms Control Association.

Most of the materials are located at the Rabta chemical weapons facility located in a town south of the capital city of Tripoli.

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