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Royal Navy ship takes Britons from Libya to Malta
« on: August 04, 2014, 06:50:53 AM »
A Royal Navy ship helping Britons to leave Libya amid worsening violence in the country has arrived in Malta, according to the Foreign Office (FCO).

HMS Enterprise helped 110 people, the majority of whom were British. None are understood to be diplomats.

The FCO temporarily closed its embassy in the capital of Tripoli on Monday. It had urged Britons to leave the country.

It comes amid fighting between rival factions in Libya, which has killed hundreds of people in recent weeks.
'Food and shelter'

The Plymouth-based ship left the UK in June for an 18-month survey deployment and had been on operations in the Mediterranean.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed the Royal Navy operation had been launched following Foreign Office advice.

"I thank the crew of HMS Enterprise for their support and professionalism in carrying out this important task," he said.

About 110 people were registered to leave on board the ship including two Irish citizens and one German.

During the operation, it is understood HMS Enterprise moored just off Tripoli and a smaller vessel was dispatched to transport people from shore to deck.

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