28/02/2011

Rescue Efforts Continue In Libya

More UK nationals will touch down in Malta today as rescue efforts continue in Libya.

As pressure mounts on Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to quit, around 200 evacuees, including 50 Britons, boarded the HMS Cumberland leaving Benghazi.

Later today an additional British military aircraft will fly from the capital of Tripoli to transport British nationals to Malta.

Over the weekend, up to 150 civilians escaped from the east Libyan desert in a high risk covert mission by special forces.

The Ministry of Defence later confirmed that one of the aircraft, the Hercules C130, was hit by small arms fire when coming in to land, however no one was hurt.

International pressure is continuing to grow for Col Gaddafi to end to his 41-year rule.

The British government has frozen his, and his children's, assets and imposed a ban on them entering the UK.

The United Nations have also frozen Gaddafi family assets and have enforced an arms embargo.

In his latest statement, Prime Minister David Cameron said Col Gaddafi should "go now" and there was "no future for Libya that includes him".

(BMcN/GK)

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