US to evacuate Americans from Libya by ferry

February 23, 2011 06:38

WASHINGTON — The State Department says it will begin evacuating American citizens from Libya by ferry to the Mediterranean island of Malta on Wednesday.

In a notice sent to US citizens in Libya late Tuesday, the department said Americans wishing to leave Libya in a government-chartered ferry should be at the As-shahab port in Tripoli with their passports starting at 9 a.m. local time Wednesday. The ferry will depart for Malta no later than 3 p.m. local time.

The notice said boarding the vessel would be on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those with medical emergencies or severe medical conditions.

The evacuation comes amid fears of a civil war in Libya, with the government launching a violent crackdown on opponents of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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