Foreigners asked to leave Libya immediately due to raging battle
Newscast Media TRIPOLI—Several countries have advised their nationals in Libya to
leave the country immediately amid a raging battle in the capital Tripoli. On Sunday,
Cairo called on its citizens in Tripoli and Benghazi to seek “safer areas in Libya or head
to the Libya-Tunisia border.”
The violence also prompted Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands to follow
Previously, Belgium, Malta, Spain and Turkey did the same and called out their
nationals. The US also pulled out its diplomatic staff on Saturday.
Libya is witnessing one of its worst spasms of violence since the ouster of longtime
dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a popular uprising in 2011.
Clashes in the capital broke out between rival militias on July 13 over the control of
the main international airport.
The airport has been controlled by militias from the town of Zintan since the
overthrow of Gaddafi.
Rival groups have unleashed dozens of rocket attacks on the airport in a bid to bring
it under their control.
Two weeks of fighting in the capital has left 97 people dead and over 400 injured.
Another 38 people were also killed in the ongoing clashes between the army and
militant groups in Benghazi on Sunday.
Nearly three years after the fall of Gaddafi, Libya is still grappling with rising insecurity
as the country has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces
and rival militant groups.
The former rebels refuse to lay down arms despite efforts by the central government
to impose law and order.
Thousands of angry Libyan demonstrators frequently take to the streets in different
cities to protest against the lack of security across the North African country.