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US evacuates embassy in Tripoli

Published:Sunday | July 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM


The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya yesterday and evacuated its diplomats to neighbouring Tunisia under military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.

American personnel at the Tripoli embassy, which had already been operating with limited staffing, left the capital around dawn and travelled by road to neighbouring Tunisia, with US fighter jets and other aircraft providing protection.

The withdrawal underscored the Obama administration's concern about the heightened risk to American diplomats abroad, particularly in Libya where memories of the deadly 2012 attack on the US mission in the eastern city of Benghazi are still vivid.