US evacuates Libyan embassy

2014-07-26 16:28
Secretary of State John Kerry. (Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP)

Secretary of State John Kerry. (Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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

Kerry said that the United States sent its embassy personnel overland to Tunisia "because of the free-wheeling 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.

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.

"We will return the moment the security situation permits us to do so. But given the situation... we want to take every precaution to protect our folks," Kerry said.

President Barack Obama's administration faced intense domestic criticism over its handling of a 2012 attack on the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, which killed four Americans, including the ambassador, Chris Stevens.

The United States joined France and Britain in a 2011 military campaign in support of an uprising that ousted strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

"We call on all Libyans to engage in the political process and to come together in order to avoid the violence. So many people died and gave so much effort to the birth of the new Libya," Kerry said.

Read more on:    us  |  libya  |  north africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Petrol generators from R1399, save up to R350. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

This week only - 30% off books!

Get 30% off when you buy 2 or more books. Many titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

New range of Samsung smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and Alpha now available at kalahari.com. while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 eBooks & only pay for 2!

The cheapest of the 3 titles will be free. Many more titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are on form and you may like an audience to share your ideas and concepts with. Drama and creativity flavour your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.