Friday, February 25, 2011

262 Indonesians to be evacuated from Libya tonight

439x 262 Indonesians to be evacuated from Libya tonight

An Indonesian evacuation team has confirmed that hundreds of Indonesian nationals will be evacuated from Libya to Tunisia late on Friday.

Evacuation team head Hassan Wirajuda, also a presidential advisor, said the first phase of the evacuation will commence at 11 p.m., 5. p.m. local time, on Friday. Approximately 262 Indonesian citizens will board a Tunis Air plane.

The plane will leave Tripoli and head for Tunisia, Hassan said in Jakarta as quoted by

Among the 262 to be evacuated on Friday are 201 employees of state engineering and construction firm PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA) who were working on a project in Libya. The remaining 61 Indonesians are college students and migrant workers.

Hassan said the 201 WIKA workers would be the first to arrive at Soekarno Hatta international airport in Jakarta. The company has arranged for the workers to board an Emirates plane to Jakarta on Monday.

God willing, they will arrive here safely on Tuesday, he added.

The evacuation team will place the other 61 Indonesians in several spots in Tunisia for three days.

Some 40 people will stay at the Indonesian embassy guesthouse, five or six will be placed in the houses of our embassy staffers and the rest will stay in an inn near the embassy, Hassan said.