Malta to organize flights for Maltese to leave Libya

VALLETTA, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Maltese government will be organizing two flights tomorrow afternoon to help Maltese national to leave the war-worn Libya, Malta's principal permanent secretary and head of government contingency centre Mario Cutajar addressed a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

He said one of the flights will leave Mitiga Airport near Tripoli, the other is from Labraq, near Benghazi.

The flights, which will be paid by Maltese Government, considered as the last opportunity for Maltese citizens to fly out of Libya.

It is estimated that over 100 Maltese remain in Libya. Cutajar said the advisory was not being termed an “evacuation”, because Malta’s diplomatic mission in Tripoli will continue operating. But the Malta consulate will be suspending operations as from August 6.

He advised the Maltese still in the country to make use of this “assisted departure.”

In a statement issued this afternoon, Malta's Ministry for Foreign Affairs said that it would keep monitoring the situation and collaborate with a number of countries who have a presence on the ground in Libya, including Italy and Britain.