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Filipino and Indian workers evacuated from Libya to Malta

Filipino nationals line up before boarding a ship as part of an evacuation from conflict-torn Libya, in Benghazi August 13, 2014. (REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)

VALLETTA, Malta: More than 1,000 Philippine and Indian workers were evacuated to Malta Friday from Libya, whose parliament has sought United Nation help to protect civilians from fighting between armed factions.

Maltese harbor officials said Daewoo had chartered a catamaran for 300 mostly Indian workers from Zuwaytinah, south west of Benghazi, while the Philippine government chartered a ferry that brought in 804 Philippine workers and some workers of other nationalities.

The Filipinos will stay on the ferry in harbor until aircraft arrive later Friday to fly them direct to Manila.

Earlier this week another Maltese catamaran evacuated Korean Hyundai workers from Libya to Malta.

Libya's parliament voted Wednesday to disband militia brigades and end the worst fighting between armed factions since the 2011 fall of Moammar Gadhafi.

But with Libya's army still in formation, it was unclear how the new Congress would enforce its decision. Composed of ex-rebels who once fought Gadhafi, the brigades are heavily armed and allied with powerful political factions.

 

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