Published: Feb 24, 2011 5:49 PM EST
Updated: Feb 24, 2011 2:51 PM EST

MARMARIS, Turkey- People who escaped the chaos of Libya on two Turkish ships say they saw looting, bodies hanging from electric polls and militias driving vans filled with victims who had died in the uprising.

A Canadian, who only identified himself as George, says the terrifying situation there means "more attention should be paid to those who stayed behind." He was among the more than 3,000 evacuees who arrived at this Mediterranean Turkish port early Thursday.

Tens of thousands of foreigners are still stranded in Libya amid a pro-democracy rebellion against Moammar Gadhafi's rule.

Hundreds of Americans boarded a 600-passenger ferry at Tripoli's As-shahab port, but their departure for Malta has been delayed due to high seas.

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