Saturday, January 26, 2013

Britons Urged to Benghazi, Libya Pending Threats

Britons urged to leave Libya’s Benghazi

Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:24AM GMT

Britain’s Foreign Office has urged British nationals to evacuate the Libyan city of Benghazi due to a ‘specific, imminent threat’ against westerners.

"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 Foreign Office said in a statement.

“We have updated our travel advice to reflect this. The British embassy in Tripoli has been in contact with British nationals for whom we have contact details to alert them to the advice”.

An attack on the US consulate in the city in September last year killed four Americans, including the US ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Since then, the Foreign Office has been advising against travel to most of Libya, but has now stepped up its warning although it has given no details about the nature of the danger.

The Foreign Office’s travel advice to Libya warned of a high threat of terrorism and kidnapping.

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