By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 31 July 2014:
Greece has sent a frigate and two other vessels to evacuate its embassy staff in . . .[restrict]Tripoli along with a few hundred Chinese and European nationals. The ships were scheduled to arrive on Thursday evening.
A Greek defence ministry official was quoted by Reuters saying that the Salamis could carry up to 100 passengers. A passenger ferry and a second naval vessel, Prometheus, would aid in the evacuation of nationals from Britain and Cyprus, he added.
According to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, around 80 Greek nationals were told that they could leave on the vessel Thursday evening. Up to 20 Cypriots will sail with them.
Since the weekend, France, Brazil, Britain, and now Greece and Cyprus have advised their citizens to leave Libya.
With the French, Americans, Canadians, Germans, and many others now gone, the only two major Western allies of Libya with still functioning embassies in Tripoli are the British and Italians – with the Italians apparently determined to outstay everyone else who might leave. [/restrict]