Qatar Airways suspends Tripoli flights as revolt spreads

Foreign states rush to evacuate citizens fleeing Libyan unrest, Gaddafi vows to crush revolt
Qatar Airways suspends Tripoli flights as revolt spreads
Qatar Airways has suspended scheduled flights to Tripoli as civil unrest continues
By Shane McGinley
Thu 24 Feb 2011 01:33 PM

Qatar
Airways has suspended scheduled flights to Tripoli as civil unrest continues to
engulf the North African state, it said Thursday.

“Due
to the political unrest in Libya, Qatar Airways’ flights to and from the Libyan
capital Tripoli have been suspended until further notice,” the Doha-based
airline said in a statement.

Dubai’s
Emirates Airline, Royal Jordanian, British Airways and others suspended flights
to the capital city Tripoli with immediate effect on Tuesday.

Emirates,
one of the Arab world's largest carriers, also flies to the Libyan city of
Benghazi, but has not confirmed whether flights will continue.

Governments around the world have rushed to send planes and
ships to evacuate their citizens after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed to
crush a revolt against his 41-year rule.

Turkey, with 25,000 citizens in Libya, is mounting the
biggest evacuation operation in its history, and 21 other governments have
asked Ankara for help getting their nationals out, Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu told a news conference.

European Union states are evacuating some 10,000 EU citizens
from Libya, a spokesman for the EU executive said during a European Commission
news briefing.

The US State Department said a chartered ferry with room for
about 600 passengers was due to leave Tripoli for Malta.

Witnesses described scenes of chaos and panic as foreigners
tried to escape the violence. Italy said estimates that 1,000 people had been
killed in the uprising were credible.

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