24 January 2013

Libya: British Nationals Urged to Leave Benghazi Immediately

Benghazi — The Foreign Office Thursday urged all British nationals in the Libyan city of Benghazi to leave immediately in response to a "specific and imminent" threat against Westerners.

A spokesman said: "We are now aware of a specific and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi, and urge any British nationals who remain there against our advice to leave immediately". The Government was unable to provide further details about why the advice has been issued, but stated that the British embassy in Tripoli had been in contact with all British nationals for whom it had details to alert them of the threat.

The Foreign Office has been advising against travel to Benghazi and most parts of Libya since September.

It was not known whether the warning relates to the recent increase in Islamist activity in the region that has followed French military action in Mali.

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