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February 28th, 2011
07:22 AM ET

American siblings flee Libya, find safety in Malta

Yusra and Salam Tekbali are two of the nearly 400 individuals who fled Libya via a U.S.-chartered ferry.

The Tekbalis, Libyan-American siblings, initially didn't want to leave Libya but ultimately decided to do so. They, and hundreds of other evacuees, boarded the ferry Tuesday and reached Malta after two days of being stuck in Tripoli due to bad weather. Salam Tekbali says they felt like "sitting ducks" as they waited on the ferry in the harbor.

Yusra and Salam Tekbali talk to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about their experience in Libya and about finding safety in Malta.


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  1. sbi

    Maybe US media will at last put Malta on their weather forecast map, we belong there!... as the most southern European country we should be put on the map

    February 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  2. mike sey

    Senators McCain and Lieberman are all in favour of shipping arms to Libya's rebels. Perhaps Iran would be willing to help. After all, to listen to the Senators in the past, Iran has plenty of experience with clandestine arms shipments. Surely the Senators couldn't object to a little assistance, could they?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:15 am |