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LIBYA: Turkish citizens struggle to evacuate

February 22, 2011 | 11:39 am

So far, 2,141 Turks have been airlifted home from Libya, but more than 23,000 have been unable to evacuate the strife-torn nation, according to the Al Jazeera satellite network.

A pair of Seacat ferries were close to Benghazi, Al Jazeera reported Tuesday, though there was no guarantee they would be able to dock. At least 3,000 Turks were reportedly waiting for transport in a nearby sports stadium.

Two additional ferries remain on standby, one of which filled with medical supplies, Al Jazeera reported.

--  Molly Hennessy-Fiske