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Military top leader orders evacuation of Thai nationals in Libya
In response to violence in Libya, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, chief of the Army and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), told the Foreign Ministry to evacuate all 1,500 Thai people from the African country.
Nuttavudh Photisaro, deputy permanent secretary of the ministry, said that Gen Prayuth issued the order for the safety of the Thai people.
Mr Kittipong Na Ranong, Thai ambassador to Tripoli in Libya, reported that battles made Tripoli the most dangerous area and there were 11 Thai students.
The evacuation will begin with the students and 30 Thai people staying around its closed airport.
The second group to be evacuated will be 70 Thai people in Benghazi.
The rest of all the 1,500 Thai people will then be completely evacuated in 48 hours.
The Thai citizens will be brought to temporary accommodation in Tunis and Djerba of Tunisia that are about 150 kilometers or about two hours away from the border of Libya.
Then they will return to Thailand.
The decision is based on the possibility that violence will be prolonged in Libya. Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Employment and military doctors are facilitating the evacuation.
The deputy permanent secretary for foreign affairs also said that violence might prompt the temporary closure of the Thai embassy in Libya. Japan and the United States have done so.
The families of Thai officials at the embassy were already evacuated and the officials would be the last group of Thai people to leave Libya, Mr Nuttavudh said.
On July 30, the director-general of the Department of Employment will discuss assistance for workers with the executives of 11 job placement firms that sent Thai workers to Libya.
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