No alternatives for helicopter deployment in Libya

No alternatives for helicopter deployment in Libya

The Hague : Netherlands | Mar 21, 2011 at 3:02 PM PDT
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Demonstration at Libyan Embassy in The Hague, The Netherlands

The evacuation of a Dutch and a Swedish woman from Libya with a helicopter at that time were no alternatives, Therefore it was decided on February 27 aboard the helicopter of the Hr. Ms. Tromp the two from Libya to remove.

The employer of the Dutchman had a couple of times unsuccessfully tried to remove man from Libya. That proved difficult because the man had no passport.

Uri Rosenthal that the ministers (Foreign Affairs) and Hans Hillen (Defense) Monday wrote to the House in a letter in which they are accountable for the failed action.


The Libyan regime had foreknowledge of the expected evacuation of the Navy at one stage. How this is done''can not be determined with certainty.''

The speed with which the crew was surrounded and overpowered by about thirty armed men, indicate they consider the insider trading. It is certain that the element of surprise was lost, while an important part of the plan.

In the statement of facts is that a Swedish woman on his way to the spot where the Dutch were picked up evacuees.

When the helicopter on the floor, was held at the Swedish port entrance. She was seen by the Libyan unit to the Dutch brought.


Against one of the three Dutch soldiers who were detained in Libya, is physical violence. This occurred during an initial hearing at which he was separated from the other two and the planned evacuation.

The interested party has until March 15 declared a few days after returning to the Netherlands, the existence of violence. What exactly happened, is not in the letter.

The military had previously told the other crew members for them not to worry, said the ministers.


According to the Libyan government could not be asked for permission to fly in the airspace because the Libyan government to which it related, at that time were closed.

Permission is required in principle, write the ministers, but according to unwritten international law can be waived under any circumstances. Then there must be people at risk and have really gone.


Furthermore, getting the green light from Libya was very difficult and the risk that Libya would stop to have a stabbing, the ministers.

As the evacuation even further could be done quickly, given to the action without the consent of the Libyans to perform. The excuses offered by the Netherlands, are common in the way countries interact.

Written apology

Incidentally, the Netherlands was shown on Sunday, just after the evacuation had failed, written apologies for the fact that no permission was asked. It also asked if the crew was allowed to return, but was not discussed.

Initially the crew seemed optimistic about a quick return to the Tromp same evening, so did the target evacuee from his mobile phone. But it turned out that the group that the company had continued, it had already passed to the authorities in Tripoli.

Evacuation Efforts

Two days before the failed evacuation by helicopter is the same device used in the Dutch port of Misrata six on target. For this action was not requested permission to Libya.

The estimate was that the action on Friday, February 25 would not readily consent, while the Dutch were in danger. It was also unclear who is currently in Misrata public authority exercised.

The helicopter returned when the Dutch were not at the appointed place turned out to be. Later she can get another way out of the country.

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At least 21 people were killed in the battle for Misrata
At least 21 people were killed in the battle for Misrata
sharinaz is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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