Eight students return from Libya

Eight Thai students have returned home from Libya and almost 100 workers will start leaving the North African country next week.

The students reached Suvarnabhumi airport on Emirates Airlines flight EK384 at 12.25pm.

The Thai Foreign Affairs Ministry coordinated with the Social Development and Human Security Ministry for transportation to take them to their hometowns, said Sihasak Phuangketkeow, permanent secretary for foreign affairs.

The ministry is coordinating with foreign authorities to bring back Thai workers from war-torn Libya next week.

From Al Bayda in Libya, 81 Thai workers will fly to Tunis of Tunisia on Monday, 10 to Cairo of Egypt on Tuesday and eight to Cairo on Friday, he said.

The foreign affairs and labour ministries sent two teams of Thai officials to Tunisia, in Djerba and Tunis, to coordinate and facilitate the trips.

Their employers have cooperated fully, he said.

Mr Sihasak also said Tunisian authorities had eased its visa rule for the groups, allowing them to apply for the visa when they reached the country instead of before their entry.

He also talked with the Philippine ambassador to Thailand on how to deport the workers of the two countries back safely from Libya as there are also a large number of Philippine workers in the country.

The Tripoli clashes, the most violent since the overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, started with a July 13 assault on the airport by a coalition of groups, mainly Islamists.

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