Turkey is struggling to evacuate as many of its citizens as it can from Libya, where there is ongoing conflict. One Turkish citizen has been killed in the capital, Tripoli. AP Correspondent Selcan Hacaoglu reports on this unprecedented evacuation.
Turkey’s foreign ministry says two commercial ships have evacuated 3,000 Turks from the port city of Benghazi and that it has sent two more ships to Libya. About 2,000 more Turks have left by plane over the past three days. Turkey has about 25,000 citizens and more than 200 companies involved in construction projects in Libya worth more than $15 billion. Libya is one of the world’s biggest oil producers, and many oil companies have been evacuating their expatriate workers and families. Americans who want to leave are supposed to board a ferry today in Tripoli. It will head to the Mediterranean island of Malta.