25 more Maltese evacuated from Libya by sea

VALLETTA, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-five more Maltese nationals are expected to return to Malta from Libya Saturday evening through chartered catamaran.

This is the third time this week the Maltese government has evacuated its citizens from the north African country as the situation there keeps worsening after the start of Ramadan.

The catamaran San Gwann, operated by the Maltese conglomerate of ship owning companies Virtu Holdings Limited, is chartered by a South Korea company to evacuate its employees in Libya.

The vessel departed Malta last night at 1:15 a.m. (2315 GMT) to Tripoli, and left Tripoli at 1 p.m. (1100 GMT) Saturday. There are 251 passengers on board including 25 Maltese passport holders.

Xinhua has learnt that all Maltese were free of charge with the compliments of Virtu and the South Korea company.

Maltese government is undertaking all the necessary preparations in the eventuality of a mass evacuation of foreigners from Libya.

A government spokesperson confirmed that "an inter-ministerial coordination crisis centre on the Libya situation has been set up and has been meeting regularly for the past two weeks.