U.S. urges citizens to leave Libya immediately
Growing instability in Libya has caused Washington to recommend Americans leave the country “immediately,” AFP reports.
The security situation in Libya continues to deteriorate as the country’s armed militias become more aggressive. On Tuesday, armed gunmen attacked the home of Libya’s new prime minister. Earlier this month, the Jordanian ambassador was kidnapped.
“Because of the presumption that foreigners, especially U.S. citizens, in Libya may be associated with the U.S. government or U.S. NGO’s, travelers should be aware that they may be targeted for kidnapping, violent attacks, or death,” the U.S. State Department warned.
“U.S. citizens currently in Libya should exercise extreme caution and depart immediately,” it added.
According to AFP, the U.S. recently announced that it deployed a ship with 1,000 marines off the coast of Libya in case of an emergency.