Greece safely evacuated embassy staff and more than one hundred Chinese and European nationals from Libya early on Friday with a navy frigate sailing back to the Greek port of Piraeus, its Defense Ministry said.
Athens had sent a frigate and two other vessels to Libya to evacuate workers at its embassy in Tripoli on Thursday.
Islamist-led militiamen have stepped up their assault on Libyaâs main airport, controlled by rival fighters, which the Health Ministry said July 21 had left at least 47 dead in a week.
The fighting, which erupted on July 13 and shut Tripoli international airport, also injured 120 people, according to figures for the week until July 19.
Heavy fighting broke out July 13 between rival militias vying for control of Libyaâs main airport, killing at least three people and forcing a halt of all flights in the worst fighting in the capital for six months.
Explosions and anti-aircraft gunfire were heard from early morning on the airport road and other parts of Tripoli.