Libya frees Dutch marines, to leave on Greek plane

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A Greek C-130 military cargo plane would leave Tripoli with several Greek evacuees on board, a ministry statement said, adding: "The operation includes ... three Dutch soldiers who had been arrested in Libya last week."
It said the plane was expected to land in Athens at 6 a.m. (0400 GMT).
The marines were arrested last week while trying to evacuate European citizens. Their release was announced on Thursday by the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam.
"Today we are going to hand over the Dutch soldiers to the Maltese and Greeks," he told Reuters.
"We told them, don't come back again without our permission. We captured the first NATO soldiers, we are sending them back home. But we are still keeping their helicopter."
Tens of thousands of foreigners living and working in Libya have left the country since a rebellion against Gaddafi's 41-year rule broke out last month.
(Reporting by Harry Papachristou; editing by Andrew Dobbie)
 
 
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