Vietnam evacuates workers from Libya

February 25, 2011 06:09


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HANOI, Vietnam — Thousands of Vietnamese workers were being evacuated from Libya amid chaos from the uprising in the North African nation on Friday.

Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, director of Vietnam's Department for Overseas Labor Management, said some 2,000 Vietnamese workers are being evacuated by land to Libya's neighboring countries. They'll then be flown home.

Quynh said that Vietnam's government was working with foreign contractors to bring the remaining 8,000 Vietnamese workers home.

About 10,000 Vietnamese, mostly construction workers, are employed in Libya, including some 5,000 in the capital, Tripoli.

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