Westerners urged to leave Benghazi

2013-01-24 18:05
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London - Britain's Foreign Office urged UK nationals to immediately leave the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in response to an imminent threat against Westerners.

The Foreign Office has advised against all travel to Benghazi since September, and on Thursday it said is aware of a "specific and imminent threat”.

It urged all British nationals still in the eastern city of Benghazi to "leave immediately" and declined to comment on the nature of the threat.

The warning comes a day after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified to US lawmakers about the handling of the deadly 11 September attack on the American mission in Benghazi.

The attack killed the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

In addition to the attack on the US consulate, an Italian diplomat's car was fired on by militants

Britain's Foreign Office said it does not have a diplomatic presence in Benghazi, where the Libyan uprising against long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi began in 2011.

Libya's security has sharply deteriorated after Gaddafi's ouster and killing.

Meanwhile, The Netherlands is also appealing to its citizens to leave the Benghazi.

Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesperson Thijs van Son says the ministry is upgrading its travel warning for Benghazi.

He says the Dutch "have reason to believe there is a serious threat coming up" but declined to elaborate.

Van Son says there are four Dutch citizens registered as being in Benghazi and possibly two more.

- AP
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