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Cypriots in Libya on their way home

Greek navy personnel from the warship frigate Salamis carry children during disembarkation of the evacuees in Piraeus on Saturday

CYPRIOTS evacuated from Libya aboard the Greek frigate Salamis were scheduled to be flown to Cyprus from Athens on Saturday afternoon, while two more are expected to arrive from Tunisia, the foreign ministry’s crisis management official Harris Moritsis said on Saturday.
Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Moritsis said Salamis reached Piraeus on Saturday morning.
A delegate from the Cyprus embassy in Athens accompanied the Cypriots arriving on the warship to Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos airport, from where they will board a Cyprus Airways flight home.
Two of the evacuees have advised the foreign ministry that they do not wish to return to Cyprus at this time.
Meanwhile, three more individuals have contacted the foreign ministry to say they are still in Libya.
Moritsis said that out of eight individuals who opted to remain in Libya, two flew from Mizrata to Tunis, from where they were expected to board a Cyprus-bound flight on Saturday.
Early on Friday, Salamis had picked up twelve Cypriot nationals and one third-country national – married to one of the Cypriots – among others, who had requested the foreign ministry to evacuate them due to the dangerous situation in the war-torn North-African nation.

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