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UK oil worker speaks of 'mass hysteria' at Tripoli airport

A British oil worker has described scenes of "mass hysteria" at Tripoli airport, where thousands of people have been trying to catch flights out of Libya.

Bryan Richards managed to get on a Polish plane bound for Warsaw, from where he spoke to the BBC News Channel.

Many stranded Britons have criticised the government's response to the crisis.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said delays in supplying planes to evacuate Britons had been "infuriating".

(The amateur video accompanying this interview is purportedly recent footage of the scene in Libya)

  • 24 Feb 2011
  • From the section UK