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U.S. Evacuates Libyan Embassy over Concerns of ‘Freewheeling’ Violence

The United States embassy in Tripola, Libya has been shut down and all its personnel have been evacuated over concerns about increasing militia violence in the region. In addition, the State Department issued a statement announcing a travel warning against any American citizens traveling to Libya.

The State Department also said that there have been Libyan extremist group who have “called for attacks against U.S. citizens” and even “made several specific threats this year against U.S. government officials, citizens, and interests in Libya.”

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to reporters, according to ABC News, and said that there’s a dangerous amount of “freewheeling militia violence” near the embassy that “presents a very real risk to our personnel.”

However, U.S. officials have noted that this is just a temporary suspension of operations and the embassy’s functions will continue to operate outside the building itself.

[h/t Reuters]
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