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U.S. Embassy evacuated

26 Jul, 2014

Personnel evacuate U.S. Embassy in Libya because of violence in the capital, Tripoli. Almost 150 personnel leave the Embassy and drive across the border into Tunisia, U.S. officials confirm. The Embassy will continue to operate from an other location. The decision to evacuate was made recently as the situation around the Embassy worsened. The United Nations and other international organizations and businesses temporarily evacuated staff from Libya earlier this month. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf:

We are committed to supporting the Libyan people during this challenging time, and are currently exploring options for a permanent return to Tripoli as soon as the security situation on the ground improves. In the interim, staff will operate from Washington and other posts in the region.