ROME — Italy on Tuesday said an air force jet was being sent to Benghazi to evacuate its citizens from the Libyan city hit hardest by deadly protests against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.
Italian state radio said Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa made the announcement to reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he was on an official visit.
The C-130 transport aircraft will evacuate roughly 100 citizens from Benghazi.
Italy, with large energy interests in Libya, has some 1,500 citizens living or working in the country. Some citizens have been leaving in recent days aboard regularly scheduled commercial flights from Tripoli.