First Batch of 50 Nurses to be Brought Back from Libya: CM - The New Indian Express

First Batch of 50 Nurses to be Brought Back from Libya: CM

Published: 31st July 2014 07:57 AM

Last Updated: 31st July 2014 08:01 AM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As part of bringing back Keralites stranded in strife-torn Libya, 50 nurses would be moved by a bus to Tunisia on Thursday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said at a post-Cabinet press briefing here on Wednesday.

As many as 118 Indian nurses in Libya have expressed their wish to return to the country and the government has already provided their details to the Centre, Oommen Chandy said. The nurses evacuated from Libya would be taken to Tunisia from where they are expected to be brought to Delhi by a special flight.

“There are about 350 nurses at the Medical Centre in Tripoli and 60 more at another hospital. Some of the nurses have not decided whether to return or not. They are planning to continue there for some more time,’’ Chandy added.

As per the decision, the nurses would be taken from Tripoli to Tunisia by road and from there by a special flight to Delhi. Answering question, Chandy said that it would not be safe to bring the nurses through Mitiga airport near Tripoli or by ship. ‘’I have been in touch with the External Affairs Minister and the Indian Embassy in Libya. The Centre plans to bring them back by a special flight,’’ the Chief Minister said.

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