Virtually all 30,000 Chinese in Libya evacuated

State media in China say virtually all 30,000 Chinese citizens living in Libya have left the turbulent North African country.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the vast majority of the almost 29,000 Chinese who have departed so far are taking shelter in third countries. Monday's report cites Foreign Ministry sources.

Thousands of Chinese have traveled overland to neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, while others have been taken by chartered ferry to Greece and Malta.

Chinese, most working in the construction and oil industries, make up one of the largest blocs of foreign workers in Libya.