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What’s odd, AD points out, is that on the same day people were being evacuated from Sirte simply by hopping on board charter flights. An “embarrassment” for the Netherlands, as Trouw puts it.
U.S. planes to ferry people fleeing Libya out of Tunisia
Djerba, Tunisia (CNN) -- U.S. military cargo planes are arriving in Tunisia on Saturday to evacuate Egyptians feeling the Libyan conflict, a deadly war spurring a massive refugee flight. Two Marine planes, each with a capacity for 60 passengers, landed at the airport in the Tunisian island of Djerba. U.S. officials told CNN two additional Air Force C-130s seating 80 each are expected to arrive in Djerba to take the Egyptians back home. Two Italian military cargo planes arrived at the airport delivering humanitarian aid. There are at least 10 evacuation flights scheduled for Saturday, three sponsored by Britain, three by Spain and one by the Italians, said Firas Kayal, a spokesman for the United Nations refugee agency. Nine of the flights are to evacuate Egyptians and the other is for Malians. There are a few thousand Egyptians left in Tunisia awaiting evacuation after more than 40,000 were taken home.
(Reuters) - Libyan rebels have captured a special forces unit in the east of the country after a secret diplomatic mission to make contact with opposition leaders backfired, the Sunday Times reported.
The team, understood to number up to eight SAS soldiers, were intercepted as they escorted a junior diplomat through rebel-held territory, the newspaper said.
The Foreign Office said in a brief statement it could neither "confirm or deny" the report.