Efforts Continue In Libya To Rescue Remaining Britons

As government efforts continue to try and rescue UK nationals from Libya, scores of Britons remain stranded.

On Thursday around 500 left the country by plane and boat.

However the Foreign Office estimate that a further 500 Britons remain, including oil workers and those based in the capital of Tripoli.

Later today the Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the National Security Council.

Earlier this week David Cameron said he was "extremely sorry" over the government's rescue efforts.

His statement followed criticism by the Labour Party of being "slow off the mark" in response to the unrest.

Earlier this week a plane chartered by oil companies for employees, carried 79 passengers to Gatwick and government-chartered flights transported 181 adults and two children, including 113 Britons home.

A additional flight arrived at Gatwick early this morning, however the number of passengers on board has not yet been confirmed.

As part of the government's evacuation strategy a third commercial plane is to leave Tripoli.

The frigate HMS Cumberland has picked up 68 British nationals from Benghazi and is heading for Malta.

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

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


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