Last updated: 4 August, 2014

British and other evacuees from Libya land in Malta

A total of 110 British and other European nationals, including pregnant women and babies, arrived in Malta on Monday after being evacuated from strife-torn Libya by Britain’s Royal Navy, British officials said.

The evacuees, mostly British but including some Germans and Irish nationals, arrived in the capital Valletta on board the HMS Enterprise in a voyage organised by the British government, they said.

The group included four pregnant women, 30 children, 12 infants and one elderly person, British officials said. They were greeted at the quay by relatives and the British High Commissioner to Malta, Robert Luke.

The Europeans were now due to take commercial flights out of the Mediterranean island country.

The ship is the second carrying people fleeing the chaos in Libya to dock in the Maltese capital in almost as many days. A catamaran with some 250 employees of the Korean car-maker Hyundai — mostly Indians and Filipinos — arrived in Valletta on Saturday.