Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Diplomats Flee Libya As The Violence Escalates Out Of Control

International Diplomats Evacuate Libya as Violence Escalates -- US News and World Report

French, British and American diplomats are among a growing number withdrawing from a tumultuous Libya.

At least 30 people were killed Tuesday when Libyan militants swarmed a government military base in Benghazi, according to reports. The escalating violence in the region has driven scores of international diplomats out of Libya.

Libyan special forces fled from a Benghazi military station as militants overwhelmed them with rocketfire, according to Reuters. A special forces spokesperson told the news agency militants have since assumed control of the military camp.

Benghazi has been at the epicenter of an ongoing two-week conflict between Libyan special forces and rebel fighters supported by Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia. The groups were linked to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, according to The New York Times.

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More News On The Escalating Violence In Libya

France evacuates French and British expats from Libya -- BBC
Seven Britons evacuated by ship from Libya by France, which takes 40 of its nationals out as lawlessness spreads throughout the country -- Daily Mail
France evacuates nationals, closes embassy in Libya -- France 24
UK embassy in Libya remains open as French flee fierce fighting -- The Guardian
'Dozens of bodies' at captured base in Benghazi, Libya -- BBC
Libyan militants seize Benghazi special forces base -- L.A. Times
Libyan militants overrun Benghazi special forces base as chaos deepens -- Reuters
What’s behind Libya’s spiraling violence? -- Frederic Wehrey, Washington Post

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