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France, U.K. announce Libya airlift operation

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British Prime Minister David Cameron. File photo: AP.
British Prime Minister David Cameron. File photo: AP.

France, U.K. announce Libya airlift operation

France and Britain said Wednesday they will airlift and ferry some of the thousands of Egyptian refugees stranded at the border between Libya and Tunisia.

The French Foreign Ministry says the operation will involve large airliners and a French Navy ship heading to the region. It says the operation will allow the evacuation of at least 5,000 people over the course of a week. It said that the operation is being carried out in coordination with the European Union

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Wednesday that the U.K. will also be sending aircraft to pick up the stranded Egyptians, who are fleeing chaos and violence in Libya.

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