State Department tells U.S. citizens to leave Libya immediately

 

 

FILE - A member of a heavily armed militia group is seen in Benghazi.

FILE VOA News- A member of a heavily armed militia group is seen in Benghazi.

(Reuters) – The State Department on Tuesday told U.S. citizens in Libya to leave immediately, warning that the security situation in the country was “unpredictable and unstable.”

“The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately,” the State Department said in a new travel warning.

“Because of the presumption that foreigners, especially U.S. citizens, in Libya may be associated with the U.S. government or U.S. NGO’s, travelers should be aware that they may be targeted for kidnapping, violent attacks, or death. U.S. citizens currently in Libya should exercise extreme caution and depart immediately,” it said.

“The security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and unstable,” the warning added.

The last travel warning on Dec. 12 strongly advised against all but essential travel to Tripoli and against traveling outside the capital.

The warning followed an attack on Libya’s parliament, the General National Congress, on May 18 by armed groups, and came as the leader of Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia in Libya’s Benghazi city warned the United States on Tuesday against interfering in the country’s affairs.

 

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