Kil­coole na­tive John makes it home safe


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KIL­COOLE NA­TIVE John McDe­vitt made his way to Tripoli air­port last week through floods, un­der armed po­lice guard, and through var­i­ous check-points as the un­rest in Libya spread.

McDe­vitt, who was work­ing for a UK com­pany in Libya and has been based in Lon­don for many years, is now safely back home to Eng­land with his wife af­ter fly­ing to Gatwick on Fri­day morn­ing.

There was ‘ ab­so­lute chaos' at the Libyan air­port ac­cord­ing to the Ir­ish man, with up to 10,000 peo­ple des­per­ate to es­cape the trou­bled state.

‘We were due to meet with the Ir­ish air­craft,' ex­plained John. ‘ We had been told it had landed in Mi­lan and was about to come over. We un­der­stood they were wait­ing for us.'

But even­tu­ally when they got through with the help of the Libyans, the Ir­ish air­craft had been forced to leave with­out any pas­sen­gers.

‘In the end the Bri­tish For­eign Of­fice took us back, with many oth­ers, on their trip to Gatwick, Lon­don.

‘We were very, very lucky in­deed,' he added. ‘ There is a lot of fear ob­vi­ously the way things are un­fold­ing very fast there. The regime is now in des­per­ate straits and I think it could be­come very, very dan­ger­ous. The streets them­selves are volatile.'

John de­scribed an eerie calm out­doors in Tripoli, as he and his wife fled un­der cover of dark­ness. ‘It was strangely quiet, mainly be­cause of the bad weather. The shoot­ing had not started as we were leav­ing.'

He is thank­ful that all of the Ir­ish peo­ple he knows who were lo­cated in the Tripoli area have man­aged to get out of Libya.

The Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs be­gan to wind down the op­er­a­tion to evac­u­ate Ir­ish peo­ple from the North African state ear­lier this week with around 100 Ir­ish cit­i­zens as­sisted since the up­ris­ing be­gan last month.

Hun­dreds of Ye­me­nis demon­strate out­side the Sanaa univer­sity cam­pus on the eighth straight day of anti-regime protests in the cap­i­tal of Libya.

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