US evacuates embassy staff from Libya
Clashes close to the US embassy forced officials to evacuate staff - REUTERS

CAIRO: The United States has evacuated its diplomatic staff and Marines out of Libya due to the deteriorating security situation there, said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf in a statement Saturday.

“Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” the statement read.

The diplomatic staff will do its duty in Tunisia, the statement added, thanking the Tunisian government for its “cooperation and support.”

Ongoing clashes between Islamist-led militias from the western city of Misrata and militants from the town of Zintan are only the latest examples of violence in Libya, the AP reported.

On Sept. 11, 2012, Islamist militants attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other people from the U.S. staff.

The U.S. is not the only entity to have evacuated its staff from Libya. Ongoing clashes also forced the withdrawal of the United Nations staff, according to a statement issued by the U.N. on July 17.

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