'Dutch marines to leave Libya on Greek plane'

March 11, 2011 01:38


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ATHENS - Three Dutch marines to be released from captivity by Libyan government forces will be evacuated aboard a Greek military plane, a defense ministry official said late on Thursday.

A Greek C-130 military cargo plane already landed in Tripoli and awaits the arrival of the three marines, two men and a woman, the official said. "Estimated arrival time in Athens is 2.30 am local time," he said.

The marines were arrested while trying to evacuate European citizens after their helicopter landed near Sirte, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi home town on the Mediterranean coast.

Their release was announced earlier on Thursday by Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam.

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