The Prime Minister said this afternoon that Malta was closely watching events in Libya and condemned all forms of violence and bloodshed.

Speaking at the Auberge de Castille, Dr Gonzi said the evolving situation was discussed at a Cabinet meeting and Malta hoped that the best would come out of this situation for Libya and the region and that Libya's territorial integrity was respected.

Dr Gonzi also said he had no information about an Air Malta aircraft having been trapped at Tripoli airport.

However the flight, due to have arrived at Noon, had still not arrived at 1 p.m.with no word on when it is due.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry has set up a helpline for those who have relatives in Libya.

The numbers and details are:

Freephone : 80072203


Maltese citizens can also contact the Maltese embassy in Tripoli on

VOIP (Malta Line) 2204 2091 – 4

Direct Office Line: 00218 213 602 415

Mobile: 00218 913 640 565

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