Turkish ship evacuates wounded from Libya city

April 3, 2011 20:01

BENGHAZI - A Turkish ship carried 250 wounded from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata on Sunday, but left behind thousands of people trapped in the city pleading to be evacuated, a Turkish diplomat said.

Turkey's foreign minister ordered the ship into Misrata after it spent four days out at sea waiting in vain for port authorities to give permission to dock, said Ali Akin, head of consular affairs with the Turkish foreign ministry.

It arrived under cover from 10 Turkish air force F-16 fighter planes and two navy frigates, he told Reuters.

He said the ship had to make a hasty departure with the wounded and 100 of their relatives after a large crowd pressed forward on the dockside hoping for passage out of Libya, including 4,000 Egyptians.

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