Alerting the Indian nationals in Libya, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday in a clarion call asked families and friends of over 500 people in Libya’s capital city Tripoli to leave immediately in view of an emergency situation.
In a series of tweets, the minister made it clear that despite the massive evacuation and travel ban, there are over 500 Indian nationals in Tripoli.
“The situation in Tripoli is deteriorating fast, presently, flights are operational,” she said.
“Please ask your relatives and friends to leave Tripoli immediately. We will not be able to evacuate them later,” she added
The situation has been worsening by the hour in Libya where Khalifa Haftar, who was a former Libyan army officer, has launched an offensive in Tripoli and plans to take over the Libyan capital.
At least 205 people have been killed and 913 others wounded in the armed conflict between Haftar’s Libyan National Army and the Libyan armed forces for the control of country’s capital Tripoli.
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Libya has been largely divided into two factions ever since the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The LNA-backed parliament controlled the east of Libya, while the UN-backed interim Government of National Accord (GNA) governs Libya’s western region from Tripoli.