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Foreigners withdraw from Libya on worsening security situation

English.news.cn   2014-07-31 14:38:21            
 • More countries have closed embassies and evacuated their nationals from warring Libya.
 • The recent battle around Tripoli's international airport has killed at least 97 and wounded more than 400.
• Armed clashes have occurred on a daily basis in Benghazi since May.

 

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, July 31 (Xinhua) -- More countries have closed embassies and evacuated their nationals from warring Libya as security situation has been deteriorating.

In the lastest incident on Wendesay, a Libyan special force base in Benghazi fell into the hands of Islamist militants after a week's battle. The special force Thunderbolt has evacuated from its main camp in southern Benghazi.

Fighters of Shura Council, one armed group from the coalition of Islamist fighters, had taken the main camp and several other army strongholds, and vowed to hunt down the remnants.

China has evacuated about 1,100 nationals on roads, by air and by ship since Wednesday. Several hundreds of Chinese workers were taken away from Libya by ship to Malta, which has arranged temporary accommodations for them.

China on Wednesday again urged its nationals to leave the north African country and pledged to offer necessary assistance.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website that embassy staff will also be evacuated gradually.

Some 1,000 Chinese citizens have already left Libya since May when the security situation sharply slid backward. Many Chinese corporate staff, businessmen and contract workers have ventured a road trip into neighboring Tunisia, while others hitched a plane using the remaining operational air hubs like Tripoli's Mitiga Airport and Misrata Airport.

Also on Wednesday, France decided temporarily to close its embassy in Libya and has also started evacuation of its citizens there.

Brazil evacuated its diplomatic staff to Tunis on Wednesday, however, its Foreign Ministry stressed that it does not mean the embassy will be closed.

The United States, Germany, Canada and other countries have already shut their embassies in Tripoli, while several countries including Britain, Germany and Egypt advised their nationals over the weekend to leave immediately.

The recent battle between Islamist fighters and pro-secular militia around Tripoli's international airport has killed at least 97 and wounded more than 400, paralyzing most of the air traffic in the North African country.

Meanwhile in the second largest city of Benghazi, armed clashes have occurred on a daily basis since May.

Many feared the conflicts in major cities might slide into a full-fledged civil war, which can be even bloodier than the 2011 turmoil that toppled Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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WASHINGTON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. is unlikely to dive headlong into another major military operation in Libya despite the weekend's U.S. embassy evacuation that occurred under heavy U. S. military escort, U.S. experts said.

The U.S. State Department said over the weekend that it evacuated all its embassy staff in Libya under the protection of F- 16 fighter planes and other aircraft in the war torn country after days of fierce fighting between militias there.   Full story

France closes embassy in Libya, evacuates nationals on worsening security situation

PARIS, July 30 (Xinhua) -- France on Wednesday said temporarily closing its embassy in Libya and is evacuating its expatriates from the North African country on violence risks.

In a statement, the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry decided to close temporarily French embassy in Tripoli "given the security situation," adding diplomatic activities would continue to be conducted from Paris.   Full story

 

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