New Delhi: In a near replay of the incidents in Iraq, large numbers of Indian nurses are caught in spiralling violence in Libya, where rival militant groups seek to control the capital’s international airport, and have approached the Indian mission for help and even evacuation.

Taking note of the fighting, Indian Ambassador in Libya, Azar A. H. Khan, met the nurses in the Tripoli hospitals and assured them of their safety.  “Everybody is safe here. We are in constant touch with the nurses,” Khan told IANS over phone from Tripoli.

The ambassador, however, said that only some Indian nationals, mostly nurses, have approached the embassy for help in leaving the country.  “It is only in some places around the airport where fighting is raging… rest of the places are fine,” he said.  Panic gripped the Indian nationals after incessant shelling rocked the area around Tripoli airport and elsewhere, in a two week-long battle since mid-July.

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