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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Defense and Foreign Ministries coordinate on an assistance and repatriation plan

ROME, March 2, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The naval destroyer "Francesco Mimbelli" returned to the port of Catania today
from a humanitarian mission to Libya, where it had picked up 305 persons, Italians and other foreign nationals (from the Philippines,
Bangladesh, Thailand, Morocco and India) working for Italian companies, at the Libyan port of Al Byraukah.

This mission was part of an assistance and repatriation plan coordinated by the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs that has
involved the use for several days now of the personnel and equipment of the Italian Air Force and Navy in the evacuation of Italian
citizens and those of other countries requesting assistance in leaving that North African country. The ships "San Giorgio" and "Mimbelli" set
sail in February as a prompt and concrete response to the crisis under way there, remaining outside Libyan territorial waters until they were
given diplomatic clearance.

With the arrival of the "Mimbelli", the total number of persons evacuated by the Italian Navy stands at 563, 126 of whom are Italians.

Source: Italy - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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