News24

US evacuates Libyan embassy

2014-07-26 16:28

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.

Comments
  • linda.engelbrecht.161 - 2014-07-26 16:54

    So many things happening this year

  • linda.engelbrecht.161 - 2014-07-26 16:54

    So many things happening this year

  • linda.engelbrecht.161 - 2014-07-26 16:54

    So many things happening this year

  • linda.engelbrecht.161 - 2014-07-26 16:54

    So many things happening this year

  • linda.engelbrecht.161 - 2014-07-26 16:54

    So many things happening this year

  • Frans van Tubbergh - 2014-07-26 17:20

    We got it thanks Linda...........

  • Bongani Nsele - 2014-07-26 17:40

    planes dropping from the skies and no explanations

  • Gya - 2014-07-26 19:08

    But what ru doing there in the first place ?

  • Justice Maedzenge - 2014-07-26 22:11

    Haa, "-----so many people died-------to the birth of the new Libya" Which new Libya might that be Mr Kerry???????, the one where people are dying day in day out??? The one you are taking US personel out of????? The one where there is no rule of law????? I feel pity for the Libyans,--you are now left to deal with a situation that is not of your own creation. Those who started it are now standing on the other side of the river looking for an opportunity they can use to their advantage -------------while you are bussy fighting each other

  • Dally Mbikayi - 2014-07-27 18:18

    Lybian people deserve to died yes we all know gaddafi was bad but to killed him they way did was not acceptable for now on thousands of lybian are following him and they still this western power are here to destroy and stealing daily light our minerals resources africans is time for us to work together

  • Ba Tadiwa - 2014-07-27 20:29

    Americans created this "new Libya" but now they are running away

  • pages:
  • 1