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An Unprecedented Mission
The evacuation efforts demonstrated effective mobilization and coordination by the Central Government and related ministries and departments. It testified to the importance the nation attaches to the safety and interests of all Chinese nationals, at home or overseas
Out of Libya

As of March 2, a total of 35,860 Chinese citizens had been evacuated. It was the largest and most complicated overseas evacuation ever conducted by the Chinese Government since the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949

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35,860 Chinese Nationals Evacuated from Libya
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  • A SAFE RETURN: The first group of 43 Chinese evacuated from violence-torn Libya, who are employees of a Chinese company, arrive in Beijing on February 24 (XINHUA)
  • CHARTER FLIGHT: The first charter plane to evacuate Chinese nationals stranded in riot-torn Libya arrives in Beijing Capital International Airport from Libya's capital of Tripoli on the morning of February 25. The plane carried 224 Chinese evacuees (XINHUA)
  • READY TO LEAVE: Chinese evacuees wait in line to board a chartered vessel on February 25 in Benghazi, a port city in northeast Libya (XINHUA)
  • GETTING ABOARD: Chinese evacuees prepare to board the Hellenic Spirit in Benghazi, Libya, on February 25 (XINHUA)
  • ONGOING EVACUATION: Chinese evacuees have their identification papers stamped on the Hellenic Spirit, a charter vessel in the Libyan port city of Benghazi on February 25 (XINHUA)
  • LUNCH TIME: Chinese evacuees enjoy a simple lunch aboard the Hellenic Spirit, a charter vessel in the Libyan port city of Benghazi on February 25 (XINHUA)
  • SAFE ARRIVAL: Tang Fang (left), an evacuee from Libya, calls her family after arriving in Beijing on a charter plane on February 25 (XINHUA)
  • SAFE ARRIVAL: Meng Zhaojun (right) arrives safely in Beijing and kisses her daughter after walking out of Beijing Capital International Airport on February 25. Meng had not seen her daughter for nearly one year (XINHUA)
  • JOY OF THE JOURNEY: Passengers watch movies on a laptop aboard the Greek vessel Hellenic Spirit on February 26. More than 4,200 Chinese, Vietnamese and Bangladeshi nationals were evacuated that day from Libya on two Greek vessels chartered by the Chinese Government (XINHUA)
  • HOMECOMING: Chinese evacuees from Libya arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport on February 27 (XINHUA)
  • HOME SWEET HOME: Xia Yinsheng (right) from Jiangsu Province smiles upon arriving at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport on February 27 after leaving Libya. The Civil Aviation Administration of China decided to send extra aircraft to countries near Libya to aid in evacuating Chinese nationals (XINHUA)
  • ARRIVAL IN TURKEY: Chinese evacuees land in the city of Istanbul in Turkey on February 28. The Chinese embassy in Turkey rented three charter planes carried 504 Chinese evacuees (XINHUA)
  • AIR FORCE: People's Liberation Army Air Force pilots plan their next flight after their plane lands in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on March 1. Four of the cargo planes were dispatched to aid in the evacuation of Chinese nationals (XINHUA)
  • BON VOYAGE: China's Ambassador to Turkey Gong Xiaosheng (left) supervises the evacuation operations at Istanbul's airport. On the night of March 1, a total of 982 evacuees from Libya left the airport to return to China on five planes (XINHUA)
  • MULTI-PRONGED OPERATION: A Chinese Air Force cargo plane transfers 250 Chinese evacuees from Libya to Sudan's Khartoum on March 2 (XINHUA)
  • AMBASSADOR'S BON VOYAGE: The Chinese ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo (middle) sends off evacuees on a charter plane in Egypt's capital of Cairo on March 2. The plan brought 340 evacuees back to China (XINHUA)
  • EVACUATING TO JORDAN: Evacuees wait to board a plane in Jordan's capital city of Amman on March 3. They were the last group of 234 evacuees. A total of 664 Chinese evacuees stopped in Jordan on their way back to China (XINHUA)
  • RETURNING HOME: Workers stationed in Libya jubilantly arrive home at the Nanchang Railway Station in central China's Jiangxi Province on March 3 (XINHUA)
  • BACK TO THE MOTHERLAND: Wang Kerong kisses the ground after arriving in Beijing on March 4. Four Il-76 MD transport planes brought 1,655 people to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum (XINHUA)
  • SUCCESSFUL EVACUATION: Zhang Chunyan (left) and her four children arrive at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on March 5. Evacuation efforts have been completed successful, with a total of 35,860 Chinese evacuated from riot-torn Libya (XINHUA)
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