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Evacuation operation of Moroccans living in Libya going well, official.

Summary: Tanger - Evacuation operation of Moroccans living in Libya, launched upon the instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, is going well, deputy Minister in charge of Moroccan community living abroad, Mohamed Ameur, said on Sunday at Tanger Med port.

In a statement to the press following the arrival of the first ferry-boat carrying Moroccan nationals living in Libya, Ameur said all Moroccan parties concerned, whether on the Libyan territory, at Tanger Med port or Mohammed V airport, are pooling efforts to ensure that this operation takes place in the best of conditions.

This operation is being carried out in close collaboration between the foreign ministry's services in Tripoli, Tunis and Cairo, he said, adding that out of the 100,000 Moroccans in Libya, around 9,000 were evacuated up till now via sea and air, which is "the biggest humanitarian operation of its kind in the history of Morocco."

Some 1,418 Moroccans living in Libya arrived, along with 93 foreigners of Arab and African nationalities, on Sunday at Tanger Med port, on board of Moroccan ferry-boat "Berkane". A second ferry is expected to dock within few hours with 2,000 Moroccan on board.

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Publication:Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse (MAP)
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Date:Mar 6, 2011
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