Ferry evacuated 2,800 Chinese from Libya to Crete

February 26, 2011 12:54

ATHENS, Greece  — Authorities in Greece said 2,800 Chinese workers evacuated from strife-torn Libya have arrived on the island of Crete after sailing by ferry from the eastern port of Benghazi.

The Greek-flagged Eleftherios Venizelos was the first of three ferries expected to reach Crete on Saturday, due to bring a total of 6,000 Chinese workers from Libya out of the North African country.

The Chinese government has chartered four ferries and 11 hotels on the island, and is expected to begin special flights from Crete to China on Monday.

On Thursday, more than 4,000 Chinese workers were evacuated from Crete from Libya. China had at least 30,000 workers in Libya, mostly in the construction and oil industries.

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