Filipino nationals with their luggage prepare to board a ship as part of an evacuation from conflict-torn Libya, in Benghazi August 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)
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Philippine-chartered ship evacuated 449 Filipinos and a small number of other foreigners from Libya Thursday, the foreign department said, due to the deteriorating security situation in the North African country.Apart from those who left by ship, about 150 Filipinos are leaving Tripoli every two days and heading across the border to Tunisia by land, del Rosario said.The foreign department said that once the ship's mission is complete, nearly 3,000 Filipinos will have left Libya since the government in July called for their "mandatory evacuation" in the face of the growing violence.Foreign department spokesman Charles Jose said about 10,000 Filipinos would still be in Libya after the ship leaves.
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