A total of 253 Indonesians eventually left Libya for Tunisia early Sunday after waiting more than 40 hours for an aircraft the Indonesian embassy had chartered.
“Thank God, the first batch the evacuees can finally be flown out of Tripoli International Airport on Sunday at 00.30 AM local time,” Indonesian Ambassador to Libya Sanusi said.
Speaking to Antara News who phoned him from Cairo on early Sunday, Ambassador Sanusi said the flight to Tunis International Airport took about an hour and ten minutes.
The travel documents and boarding passes of the Indonesian evacuees had been obtained since Friday morning but the chartered aircraft`s landing permit was not soon issued by the Libyan authorities, he said.
“I, myself, have been at the Tripoli Airport since Saturday morning and keep getting in touch with the Tunis Air officials. They said they also got difficulties,” he said.