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Cypriots evacuated from Libya

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Twelve Cypriots and a third country national married to one of them were on the way to Greece on Friday after they were evacuated from Libya by a Greek warship.

They included embassy personnel and others who were working in the war-torn country. Five Cypriots decided to stay but remained in touch with the foreign ministry in case they changed their minds later.

Cyprus closed its embassy on Thursday.

The group were aboard the Greek navy frigate Salamis, which was carrying 186 people. It is sailing to the port of Piraeus in Greece.

Harris Moritsis, the head of the foreign ministry’s crisis management department said they were examining their options should the remaining Cypriots decide to leave.

Among them was leaving by car through Tunisia or on one of the emergency flights taking off from an airport east of Tripoli, the Libyan capital.

The past two weeks of fighting between rival militias in Libya have been the worst since the civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, prompting Western governments to follow the United States and the United Nations in pulling their diplomats out of the North African country.

Anyone seeking further information should contact the foreign ministry on 99660129 or 22651108 and 22801000

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