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National Security / FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Evacuation Ferry for American Citizens Departs Libya for Malta

photo of Sara Sorcher
February 25, 2011

The evacuation ferry for American citizens fleeing the violence in Libya has finally departed for Malta after bad weather delayed its travel, the State Department said today.

The M/V Maria Delores departed from Tripoli, Libya at just after 6:30 a.m. EST and is now en route. If weather conditions hold, the transit time should be around eight hours. More than half the 300 passengers on board are U.S. citizens, the State Department said.

Once the citizens get to Malta, the embassy will offer its assistance to provide loans to those in “dire need,” find hotels, and offer on-hand medical care, Elijah Waterman, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Malta, told National Journal on Thursday.

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