Turkey evacuated more Turks and foreigners from Libya early on Thursday.
Two Turkish ferryboats brought 3,037 passengers, including 59 foreigners, to the Aegean town of Marmaris from Benghazi, Libya early on Thursday.
(People sleep inside a Turkish ferry at the port of Benghazi, early February 23.)
Five of the foreigners on one of the ferryboats were from Germany, 13 from Syria, one from Jordan, one from Libya, two from Canada, one from Greece, one from Czech Republic, one from Russia, two from Britain and three from Morocco.
Turkey's Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim and Health Minister Recep Akdag welcomed the passengers at the Marmaris Port.
(People wait to board a Turkish ferry at the port of Benghazi, late February 22.)
"We have been living in Darnah for one and a half years, and we have faced serious problems in recent days," the Acar family said.
They also expressed their gratitude to close interest of Libyan people during the ongoing turmoil.
Also speaking to reporters, Nilufer Arikan said she returned to Turkey with her 17-month son Batuhan but her husband stayed in Tripoli.
(Turkish citizens returning from Libya wave from a ferry upon their arrival at the Mediterranean port of Marmaris late February 23.)
Foreigners aboard the ferryboat thanked Turkey for its close interest and hospitality, and said Turkish citizens with whom they travelled shared everything with them.
Some of the passengers were carrying banners writing, "Thank you, people of Benghazi". The passengers said people of Benghazi showed great interest in them when they were waiting to be evacuated in the construction sites.
(A Turkish citizen and his daughter, Fatma Nur Capak, leave the port after their arrival from Libya, at the Mediterranean port of Marmaris late February 23.)
1,780 of passengers checked in hotels in Marmaris, and the rest were sent to the cities they wanted by buses.
"Ferryboats will set sail to Libya again," Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters.
Moreover, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Turkish citizens in Darnah and Tubruk were evacuated through highway via Libyan-Egypt border.
AgenciesGüncelleme Tarihi: 24 Şubat 2011, 10:08