United States Evacuation Efforts from Tunisia

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 5, 2011

Date: 03/04/2011 Description: U.S. Airmen from the 435th Air Mobility Squadron, from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, load blankets, tarps and water containers onto C-130 aircraft in Pisa, Italy, March 4, 2011. The aircraft flew the supplies to Tunisia as part of the U.S. government's efforts with the international community to meet the humanitarian needs of the Lybian people. © U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens

In support of international efforts to provide critical humanitarian aid to people fleeing the crisis in Libya, the United States is announcing today a $3 million contribution to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as part of a joint U.S.-IOM partnership to strengthen efforts to return home thousands of Egyptians and other nationals from Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia who fled Libya and are now in Tunisia. Earlier today, U.S. government officials worked with IOM to identify Egyptian nationals who have subsequently been transported by two U.S. Marine KC-130 aircraft which departed Djerba, Tunisia carrying a total of 132 Egyptians (65 and 67 passengers each). Two additional U.S. Air Force C-130s en route to Tunisia will evacuate another group of Egyptian nationals in need of transportation. All four planes are expected to arrive in Cairo later this evening.

PRN: 2011/338