Evacuated French, British nationals arrive in Toulon

1st August 2014, Comments 0 comments

Forty-seven French and British nationals evacuated on a French naval ship from Libya arrived early Friday in the southern port of Toulon.

The group consisting of 40 French citizens, including the French ambassador, and seven Britons were received by the top maritime official in the region, an AFP journalist said.

The evacuees included 14 teenagers and children.

The group was extracted from Tripoli on Tuesday night by sea because of protracted clashes between rival militias for the control of the city's airport.

France on Monday had advised its nationals -- of whom fewer than 100 remained in Libya -- to leave the country immediately and contact the embassy for evacuation.

However several nationals who also have Libyan citizenship have opted to stay.

© 2014 AFP

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