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The Maltese government said this afternoon it was formally advising all Maltese to leave Tripoli today on Virtu' catamarans currently waiting at Tripoli harbour. They will cast off at 6 p.m. (Malta time).
Air Malta's flight to Tripoli late this morning was cancelled as the situation around the airport deteriorated.
The airline said it regretted any inconvenience to its passengers however the decision has been taken in the best interest of the safety of its passengers and crew.
"Air Malta will continue to assess the situation and will resume its operations when it will be considered to be safe enough to do so."
Fighting has been reported in several parts of the capital and many embassies have closed down although Malta's embassy remains open.
The Malta government helpline can be reached on 8007 2203.
Martin Bugelli, Director-General of Informatio
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