Wednesday, March 22

43 workers return from Libya

43 workers return from Libya

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Online Report: Forty three Bangladeshi workers today returned home from violence-torn Libya as their South Korean employer closed a power construction project on security ground.

A flight of Emirates Airlines carrying the migrants landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:00pm, said Zahid Anowar, assistant director of Wage Earners Welfare Board of the Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry.

The returnees are among around 200 Bangladeshis used to work for Hyundai Construction and Engineering, a South Korean Company in Benghazi.

Ahsan Kibria Siddiqui, first secretary (labour) at Bangladesh embassy in Tripoli, said as the Korean companies started evacuating their employees some migrants are opting to return home.

South Korea groups Hyundai and Doosan have suspended construction of a 1,400-megawatt Libyan power plant in the town of Sirte due to security concerns, reported different international media.

More than 30,000 Bangladeshis are currently working at various sectors in the North African country amid security risk.

At least 13 Bangladeshis were killed when they were caught up in clashes between the rebels and the Libyan government forces till August 6 this year.

Libya is facing the worst violence since the fall of former ruler Moammar Gadhafi three years ago.