British troops rescue 150 Libyan civilians from desert

The desert rescue was reported to be extremely complex and relied on information about the likely response from Libya’s air defence systems.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said the Hercules planes were being met by a team of consular officials and Red Cross staff in Valletta, Malta.

“Once disembarked, the passengers will be given food and water and offered full consular assistance at the airport. This includes immigration processing and a medical.