400 Vietnamese workers still in Libya: labor ministry official

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Nearly 400 Vietnamese workers are still in Libya, while over 8,200 have been evacuated to other countries and are preparing to return home, the Department of Overseas Labor said at a press briefing Thursday.


Most of the laborers are working in safe areas, but Vietnamese government will send them home to guarantee their safety, said Dao Cong Hai, deputy chief of the department which functions under the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs.


As of Thursday, more than 2,700 Vietnamese workers have returned home, Hai said.


A ship will bring over 1,100 workers to the Hai Phong Port within the next few days, he added.


Meanwhile, national carrier Vietnam Airlines has said it will operate another three flights on March 5-7, to Tunisia and back to bring back Vietnamese workers as more and more people flee from the African nation plunged into turmoil by demonstrations and violence.


As of Thursday morning, about 700 Vietnamese workers were at the Zarzis aiport, Djerba City, Tunisia, a Thanh Nien reporter observed.


So far the airline has conducted seven evacuation flights to Egypt and Tunisia. It is also working with partner airlines to bring home Vietnamese citizens who've taken refuge in Libya's neighboring countries.

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