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High winds, rough seas hamper Libyan evacuations

 Hundreds of Turkish workers wait to be evacuated at Benghazi port, Libya, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. Governments scrambled by air and sea to pick up the...
 A Turkish man, second from right, greets family members after arriving at Ataturk airport, after crossing from Libya to Egypt by land and onwards to ...
 Tunisian men who fled from Libya carry their belongings at the Tunisia-Libyan border, near the town of Ben Guerdane,Tunisia, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011...
 Tunisian men who fled from Libya carry their belongings at the Tunisia-Libyan border, bear the town of Ben Guerdane,Tunisia, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011...
   Egyptians, who have just crossed Salloum land port gate with Libya, at background, carry their luggage Wednesday, Feb.23, 2011.Turkey evacuated 3,0...
   Egyptians, who have just crossed Salloum land port gate with Libya arrange their luggage on a mini bus, Wednesday, Feb.23, 2011. Turkey evacuated 3...
  An Egyptian, who has just crossed Salloum land port gate with Libya, at background, takes a knap over his luggage Wednesday, Feb.23, 2011. Turkey ev...
 A woman is welcomed by his family member as she arrives from Tripoli at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla international airport, after being evacuated from Lib...
 A Serbian woman is greeted by a member of her family as she arrives from Tripoli, Libya to Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. The Serbian go...
 A Serbian man is greeted by his wife as he arrives from Tripoli, Libya to Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. The Serbian government sent thr...
 Evacuee Turkish nationals trapped in Libya, aboard the Orhan Gazi, arrive at the port of Marmaris, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. About 25,000 Tur...
 Members of Turkey's Red Crescent pitch a tent, in anticipation of Turkish nationals arriving from Libya, in the port of Marmaris, Turkey, Wednesday, ...
 Turkish workers evacuated from Benghazi, Libya arrive in a naval port in the Mediterranean resort of Marmaris, Turkey, early Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011....
 One of evacuated Turkish nationals trapped in Libya leaves the ship Orhan Gazi, on its arrival at the port of Marmaris, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2...
 One of evacuated Turkish nationals trapped in Libya holds up a banner that reads " We have our brothers left in Sirte (Libya)" as he leaves the Orhan...
 One of evacuated Turkish nationals trapped in Libya thanks a member of Turkish army commando who protected them during their journey from Libya as he...
 A member of Turkish army's Special Commando unit who protected Turkish nationals during their journey from Libya, stands as they leave the Orhan Gazi...
 An unidentified man just arrived from Libya, is met by a tearful woman after landing on a BP chartered flight from Tripoli, Libya, at Gatwick Airport...
 Turkish Red Cresdent medics escort a sick Turkish worker evacuated from Benghazi, Libya with a Turkish ship as 3,000 Turks arrive in a naval port in ...
 Stephen and Karen Willoughby with their son, name not given,  arrive on a BP chartered flight from Tripoli, Libya, at Gatwick Airport in England  Thu...
 This Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 photo made available in Rome Thursday Feb. 24, 2011 shows  people outside Tripoli's International airport. European cou...
 Ewan Black talks to reporters after he arrived on a BP chartered flight from Tripoli, Libya, at Gatwick Airport England Thursday Feb. 24, 2011.  Brit...
 This Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 photo made available in Rome Thursday Feb. 24, 2011 shows  people outside Tripoli's International airport. European cou...
 Workers from a China state-run construction company, who evacuate from the violence-torn Libya arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport in...
 A Chinese evacuee shows his passport upon his arrival at the port of Iraklio city, on the Greek island of Crete, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Two Greek f...
 Evacuees arrive at the port of Iraklio city, on the Greek island of Crete, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Two Greek ferries arrived in Crete carrying some ...
 A Chinese worker, who was evacuated from Libya reacts with family members after arriving, at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing Friday,...

Libya Evacuations

Hundreds of Turkish workers wait to be evacuated at Benghazi port, Libya, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. Governments scrambled by air and sea to pick up the...

Turkey Libya Evacuations

A Turkish man, second from right, greets family members after arriving at Ataturk airport, after crossing from Libya to Egypt by land and onwards to ...

Mideast Tunisia Libya

Tunisian men who fled from Libya carry their belongings at the Tunisia-Libyan border, near the town of Ben Guerdane,Tunisia, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011...

Mideast Tunisia Libya

Tunisian men who fled from Libya carry their belongings at the Tunisia-Libyan border, bear the town of Ben Guerdane,Tunisia, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011...

Mideast Egypt Libya

Egyptians, who have just crossed Salloum land port gate with Libya, at background, carry their luggage Wednesday, Feb.23, 2011.Turkey evacuated 3,0...

Mideast Egypt Libya

Egyptians, who have just crossed Salloum land port gate with Libya arrange their luggage on a mini bus, Wednesday, Feb.23, 2011. Turkey evacuated 3...

Mideast Egypt Libya

An Egyptian, who has just crossed Salloum land port gate with Libya, at background, takes a knap over his luggage Wednesday, Feb.23, 2011. Turkey ev...

Serbia Libya Evacuation

A woman is welcomed by his family member as she arrives from Tripoli at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla international airport, after being evacuated from Lib...

Serbia Libya Evacuation

A Serbian woman is greeted by a member of her family as she arrives from Tripoli, Libya to Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. The Serbian go...

Serbia Libya Evacuation

A Serbian man is greeted by his wife as he arrives from Tripoli, Libya to Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. The Serbian government sent thr...

Turkey Libya Evacuations

Evacuee Turkish nationals trapped in Libya, aboard the Orhan Gazi, arrive at the port of Marmaris, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011. About 25,000 Tur...

Turkey Libya Evacuations

Members of Turkey's Red Crescent pitch a tent, in anticipation of Turkish nationals arriving from Libya, in the port of Marmaris, Turkey, Wednesday, ...

Turkey Libya Evacuations

Turkish workers evacuated from Benghazi, Libya arrive in a naval port in the Mediterranean resort of Marmaris, Turkey, early Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011....

Turkey Libya Evacuations

One of evacuated Turkish nationals trapped in Libya leaves the ship Orhan Gazi, on its arrival at the port of Marmaris, Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2...

Turkey Libya Evacuations

One of evacuated Turkish nationals trapped in Libya holds up a banner that reads " We have our brothers left in Sirte (Libya)" as he leaves the Orhan...

Turkey Libya Evacuations

One of evacuated Turkish nationals trapped in Libya thanks a member of Turkish army commando who protected them during their journey from Libya as he...

Turkey Libya Evacuations

A member of Turkish army's Special Commando unit who protected Turkish nationals during their journey from Libya, stands as they leave the Orhan Gazi...

Britain Libya Evacuation

An unidentified man just arrived from Libya, is met by a tearful woman after landing on a BP chartered flight from Tripoli, Libya, at Gatwick Airport...

Turkey Libya Evacuations

Turkish Red Cresdent medics escort a sick Turkish worker evacuated from Benghazi, Libya with a Turkish ship as 3,000 Turks arrive in a naval port in ...

Britain Libya Evacuation

Stephen and Karen Willoughby with their son, name not given, arrive on a BP chartered flight from Tripoli, Libya, at Gatwick Airport in England Thu...

Libya Evacuations

This Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 photo made available in Rome Thursday Feb. 24, 2011 shows people outside Tripoli's International airport. European cou...

Britain Libya Evacuation

Ewan Black talks to reporters after he arrived on a BP chartered flight from Tripoli, Libya, at Gatwick Airport England Thursday Feb. 24, 2011. Brit...

Libya Evacuations

This Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 photo made available in Rome Thursday Feb. 24, 2011 shows people outside Tripoli's International airport. European cou...

China Libya

Workers from a China state-run construction company, who evacuate from the violence-torn Libya arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport in...

Greece Libya Evacuations

A Chinese evacuee shows his passport upon his arrival at the port of Iraklio city, on the Greek island of Crete, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Two Greek f...

Greece Libya Evacuations

Evacuees arrive at the port of Iraklio city, on the Greek island of Crete, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Two Greek ferries arrived in Crete carrying some ...

China Libya

A Chinese worker, who was evacuated from Libya reacts with family members after arriving, at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing Friday,...

Hundreds of people, mostly Americans, are still stuck on a ferry awaiting departure from strife-torn Libya due to rough seas, while high winds have affected the takeoff of Turkish military planes involved the evacuation effort.
The Americans and others have been waiting aboard the Maria Dolores at Tripoli's As-shahab port since Wednesday. The U.S. State Department says in a tweet that 167 U.S. citizens and 118 citizens of other countries are on the ferry on Friday.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry says four military cargo planes brought more than 400 Turks home Friday morning. Turkey has so far evacuated nearly 8,000 of its 25,000-30,000 citizens, mostly working in construction projects in Libya.


Updated : 2021-10-24 02:15 GMT+08:00