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Westerners urged to leave Benghazi

2013-01-24 18:05

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.

Comments
  • Jo - 2013-01-24 20:13

    Great, liberate the Libyans from a brutal tyrant and then get targeted as thanks. Should have left them to rot.

      Dave - 2013-01-24 20:28

      You are crazy. Libyans didn't ask to be liberated. Westerners, being the meddling lot they are, decided to get themselves involved in matters that had nothing to do with them, expecting their sorry asses to be licked in gratitude. They then flocked to Libya after Ghaddafi's death, demanding easy money, whilst held on a pedestal as liberating heroes. These Libyans are ridding their country of meddlers with pompous, racist attitudes.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-24 21:11

      Dave, I couldn't have said it better myself. The west used the same tactic they have used in South America of training a few contras, hold staged demonstrations,get them to attack government security facilities like army barracks or police station, and voila, you have an uprising. They lost allies in both Egypt and Tunisia and couldn't afford an independent North Africa, bankrolled by Libyan money, so they had to get rid of Gaddafi. The Green Revolution lives on in Libya!

      Jo - 2013-01-24 22:27

      Quote Fidel: "The Green Revolution lives on in Libya!" Umm, so is this the same revolution that saw Ghaddafi massacre thousands of his own people? Because I'm sure it's clear by now that they didn't enjoy his idea of "revolution."

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-24 22:49

      ""Dave, I couldn't have said it better myself. "" Shame Fidel, you do have some mental problem, it is called ' an inferiority complex beyond believe'

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-24 22:59

      Dave, The dumnest most ignorant thing to do is to write 'your own history" After this gaddafi terrorists first threatened and than started to slaughter his OPPOSITION, they DID ask Nato to help get rid of this mass murderer!! After FORTY YEARS of tyranny by these gaddafi DOGS, it is going to take YEARS to get peace in Libya. But the Libyans will FOREVER be grateful to Nato, to have helped get rid of decades of TYRANNY !!!

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-25 01:08

      @Jo You have to learn to avoid the propaganda being dished out by the media. Through a process of monopoly control and distribution, repetition,and image escalation, the media achieve self-confirmation, that is, they find confirmation for the images they fabricate in the images they have already fabricated. Hyperbolic labeling takes the place of evidence:“genocide,” “mass atrocities,” “systematic rapes,” and even “rape camps", camps which no one has ever located. Through this process, evidence is not only absent, it becomes irrelevant. If you have evidence of massacre, I will change my mind, and I will keep asking just to annoy you!

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-24 20:25

    The chaos that is Libya today is all thanks to Western support for the armed rebels in the first place. This was never a popular uprising.

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-24 21:04

    The west is truly a nation of foreign policy retards. Whatever the U.S. touches turns to chaos and destruction. Look at Iraq and Afghanistan. Look at Vietnam, which luckily escaped American clutches. Don't go crying over spilt milk now, Libya is a rat infested, trash strewn and half destroyed warring nation, you helped make it that way. They want to do the same thing in Syria, followed by Iran! Genghis Khan in his finest hour never oversaw anything on a par with today's western mindless savagery!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-24 23:08

      . ""The west is truly a nation of foreign policy retards. Whatever the U.S. touches turns to chaos and destruction...."" This is the reason, why ONLY 0.05 % of Africans believe your claptrap !!! The USA imvests BILLIONS in Africa! The USA creates MANY hundreds of thousands of JOBS in Africa!! The USA saves YEARLY , MILLIONS of African lives, preventing STARVATION, and getting medicine to the SICK!! Only the ignorant , dumb and stupid will ignore the Americans , POSITIVE role in Africa!!! Anthony Varekamp 24 January 2013

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-25 01:49

      I read and waited to hear your wisdom on Monday as to where these jobs were, and in which countries in Africa. However, when the time came to provide details, you picked up your history books and went home. "In the soft drink industry alone, hundred of thousands of jobs" "will continue...." I'm still waiting dufus! Or do you have some sort of disorder that causes your memory to reset every night?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-25 07:04

      . One day I should go and meet a psychiatrist , and ask him WHY is it that leftists ALWAYS use HATRED-RACISM-FILTH AND INSULTING LANGUAGE to others, who they don't agree with. To my knowledge it is a combination of INSECURITY AND INFERIORITY I mean, for someone in a political comment to use words like; musturbation, carrots uo p ones a.se, legs wide open, one must be pretty f.cked up in ones's head !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-25 07:27

      . NO , I did not run away from your question, but by the time I was ready to answer, this article had dissapeared, and most of the time I prefer to comment on articles that are current. I just don't have the time to go to archives !!! Which brings me to the following; Why should I do your research ?? Don't be lazy, google 'American Chambers of Commerce, SA, go to members, who are mostly American companies, and you will find hundreds of American based companies operating, not only in SA, but all over our continent, especially, Southern, East and West Africa. Just the manufacturing , transport ,wholesale and retail of American consumer goods is massive. Look at the Engineering, Oil and Chemical industries ! Finance, Banking, Accounting ,Insurance Transportation Hospitality industries; Hotels, Restaurants, Fast food IT Industry MANY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS DIRECT PLUS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS INDIRECT JOBS. The 'beauty' is that the USA, is not doing the same as say China, and with every investment ships 20 000 own nationals to that country. No, the Americans RESPECT and TRUST Africans !!! Here in SA, and in other african countries, the staff that works for these companies are ALMOST ALL, LOCALS !!! Not just the tea lady, but up to, and including, top management !!! You still not sure; don't hessitate to ask me for more details !!!

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