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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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  1. Annie Kate

    Hope everyone that needs to get out of Libya has gotten out or is close to doing so. The foreign offices of each country have certainly earned their pay during this crisis – having an embassy to help one get out of a dangerous country is reassuring and sometimes the only way to get out. Thanks to our brave and dedicated embassy workers.

    February 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm |