Libya halts landing of Turkish Airlines in Benghazi

Turkey said earlier that additional flights would be held to evacuate some 3 thousand Turkish citizens from Libya.

Libya halts landing of Turkish Airlines in Benghazi

A Turkish Airlines (THY) plane which was sent to Libyan city of Benghazi to evacuate Turkish citizens, returned to Istanbul after it was not allowed to land at airport by libyan authorities.

The Boeing 777 took off from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport at 5:00 a.m. on Monday to bring back Turkish citizens as unrest swept the north African country.

After it was not allowed to land at the Benghazi Airport, the plane returned to the Ataturk Airport at 9:45 a.m..

Turkey's Prime Ministry Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said earlier that additional flights would be held to evacuate some 3 thousand Turkish citizens from Libya.

Hundreds of people have been killed in Libya since protests broke out across the North African nation a week ago. In the capital, Tripoli, and cities of Benghazi, Bayda and
Tobruk, people took to the streets to demonstrate against Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year reign.

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