UK looks to evacuate 5 000 from Misrata

2011-04-18 22:52

New York - Britain will charter a ship to get 5 000 people out of the Libyan city of Misrata which has been under siege by Muammar Gaddafi's forces for several weeks, a British spokesperson at the UN said Monday.

The plan is being discussed by Britain's International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell during meetings with top United Nations officials in New York, British mission spokesperson Daniel Shepherd said.

"Current planning is to get 5 000 out of Misrata and it is likely to be one ship," Shepherd told AFP.