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2nd Batch Of Ghanaians Arrive From Libya

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The second batch of Ghanaians stranded in Libya have arrived in Ghana with another batch expected tomorrow.

A total of 95 returnees arrived at the Kotoka International Airport on Tuesday evening. This brings to 150 the total number of Ghanaians that have been evacuated from Libya.

The repatriation became necessary due to increasing anti-government protests that have rocked the Maghrebian country in recent times.

Close to four thousand Ghanaians in the North African country have been registered out of the estimated 10,000 Ghanaians expected to be airlifted home.
There has been enormous pressure from Ghanaians both home and abroad for Government to evacuate her citizenry following the political unrest in Libya.

Reports say over 2,000 people have been killed, a figure that has been disputed by the Libyan authorities.

Government had earlier said Ghanaians were not in danger since black Africans were not being targeted. But the evacuation became necessary as xenophobic attacks were reported.

Meanwhile, Government has announced that it has established an Evacuation Liaison Post at SALUM, a border post on the Egypt-Libya border, to coordinate the evacuation of Ghanaian citizens from Libya.

A statement from the Ministry of Information and signed by Deputy Minister, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, said a six member team including medical personnel from the 37 Military Hospital, National Security, and a journalist from the Ghana News Agency (GNA) will this evening depart Accra for Cairo en route to SALUM to augment the Evacuation Liaison Post which has since February 24 2011 been manned by an advance party from the Ghana Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

The statement added that at the post, Ghanaians who arrive at the Egyptian border are processed and conveyed with the assistance of the International Organization for Immigration (IOM) and the Egyptian Security Agencies, to a pre-departure holding place at the Cairo International Airport. Both at SALUM and the Cairo International Airport, the Ghanaians are given food and water to sustain them.

Government also stated that similar efforts are being made for the Tunisia-Libya border while existing arrangements to airlift Ghanaians in Tripoli and other cities in Libya continue.

The statement further revealed that currently another 125 persons have been processed and are at the Cairo International Airport awaiting movement to Ghana. Another One hundred and ninety-seven (197) are currently being processed at the Ghana Evacuation Liaison Post at SALUM.

The statement concluded by thanking all partners and Ghanaians who have supported government in this arduous but very important national and humanitarian assignment.

2nd Batch Of Ghanaians Arrive From Libya

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