PM Apologises Over UK Response To Libya Chaos

David Cameron has said he is "extremely sorry" over the government's rescue efforts of UK nationals stranded in Libya.

The Prime Minister's statement follows criticism by the Labour Party of being "slow off the mark" in response to the unrest.

As stranded British oil workers appeal for help, Mr Cameron said: "Of course I am extremely sorry. The conditions at the airport have been extremely poor.

"There are going to be lessons to be learned from this and we will make absolutely sure that we learn them for the future but, right now, the priority has got to be getting those British nationals home.”

The Prime minister also reported "technical faults" with the chartered flights.

He said: "We will have a review to check whether it was technical faults or whether there is something systemically wrong.

"This is not an easy situation to deal with. It is immensely frustrating for the people on the ground and we will do everything we can to get those people home."

A plane chartered by oil companies for employees, carrying 78 passengers, has now arrived at Gatwick and a government-chartered flight has also left Libya.

A government-chartered flight, which left Tripoli, is currently en route to the UK stopping off in Malta.

A RAF Hercules C130 aircraft, carrying dozens of passengers, is also UK bound. A second military plane in Malta is on standby.

The Foreign Office have reported "a number of additional planes" available to be sent to Libya today.

Most of the 3,500 Britons living in Libya before the crisis are believed to have left however some are having difficulty getting out.

Over the past few days British Airways and British Midland International have cancelled flights in and out of the Libyan capital.

The Foreign Office have sent teams to Tripoli airport to register Britons for the flights, and hand out food and water.

In his most recent statement, Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi said enemies of Libya would be executed. He vowed to fight to his "last drop of blood" rather than leave the country.


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