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Three Dutch marines, 15 Greeks evacuated from Libya

Three Dutch marines who had been held by Libyan forces for two weeks have been flown to Athens on a Greek military transport plane that was also carrying 15 Greek citizens who were evacuated from the troubled country.

Foreign Ministry sources told Skai TV that the aircraft landed at Athens International Airport on Friday morning.

Greece apparently received clearance for the flight after talks between Libyan envoy Mohamed Tahir Siala and Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Dollis on Thursday.

The Dutch marines, who were held after landing in the Sirte area of Libya in a helicopter to evacuate two Dutch citizens, were met by officials from the Netherlands embassy.

The Greek citizens on board the C-130 cargo plane were evacuated from Tripoli.