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Kerry says Libya evacuation due to 'real risk' to US diplomats

Published on Jul 26, 2014 9:50 PM
 
Smoke rises over the Airport Road area after heavy fighting between rival militias broke out near the airport in Tripoli on July 25, 2014. The United States ordered on Saturday's evacuation of its embassy in Libya due to a "very real risk" to personnel, Secretary of State John Kerry said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - The United States ordered on Saturday's evacuation of its embassy in Libya due to a "very real risk" to personnel, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Mr Kerry said that the United States sent its embassy personnel overland to Tunisia "because of the freewheeling militia violence that is taking place in Tripoli."

"A lot of the violence is around our embassy - but not on the embassy - but nevertheless presents a very real risk to our personnel," he told reporters in Paris.

Mr Kerry said that the United States was "suspending" operations but not closing the embassy in the Libyan capital, pledging that Washington would stay focused on the country's troubles.

 
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