Hundreds of Americans Board Ferry, Escape Libya

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hundreds of Americans have boarded a ferry in Libya to escape the turmoil there.

The ferry was sent to Libya by the U.S. government to evacuate Americans to the Mediterranean island of Malta.

There's been concern over the safety of U.S. citizens after efforts to get them out of Libya earlier this week failed.

But they were able to get aboard the 600-passenger ferry at a Tripoli port today for the five-hour journey to Malta.

Thousands of other foreigners have also fled. Two ships from Turkey today carried 3,000 Turkish citizens to safety. Over a dozen countries -- including Russia, China and Germany -- sent planes in to help their people escape the unstable situation.

The airport in Tripoli has been overwhelmed with stranded people seeking a way out.

Migrants are pouring across Libya's land borders with Egypt and Tunisia. Vans piled high with luggage and furniture have been lined up at one crossing with Egypt.

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