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More than 1,000 workers return home safely from Libya

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As of August 12, 1,024 Vietnamese workers have been successfully evacuated from strife-torn Libya via Egypt, Tunisia, and Turkey, according to Vietnamese Ambassador to the Middle East country Dao Duy Tien.

Currently, all Vietnamese citizens in Tripoli and Benghazi , where fierce clashes occurred, returned home safely, while the remaining 500 workers, who are in good conditions, will be brought home in the next few days, he said.

Thirty-three workers in northeastern city of Ajidabya are expected to go home via Egypt right upon receiving their entry visa on August 16, while 100 others in Sabha city are to be evacuated between August 20 and 29.

Meanwhile, as many as 161 workers are to leave Libya on August 13, including 69 employees of Huyndai E&C who will be airlifted to Cairo on a Libyan Airlines chartered flight before flying home on commercial flights.

In the meantime, the Vietnamese Embassy has yet to locate whereabouts of three workers reported missing from July 26 in Benghazi , said Ambassador Tien.

The embassy has maintained contacts with local authorities and enterprises, as well as companies employing the workers, and sent diplomatic notes to the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Interior, asking for help in a search for them, he added.

On August 12, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen issued a decision detailing financial support for workers returning from Libya before their due contract date.

Under Decision 1012/QD-LDTBXH, the workers will receive between 1-5 million VND each depending on their working duration in Libya . Those coming from poor districts will get additional 50 percent of the aid.

The money is sourced from the Overseas Labour Support Fund.-VNA
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