UK Pulls Staffers From Libya Amid Unrest

Embassy stays open
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 10, 2013 8:25 AM CDT
UK Pulls Staffers From Libya Amid Unrest
Police tape closes the site of a car bomb that targeted the French embassy, wounding two French guards and causing extensive material damage in Tripoli, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Abdul Majeed Forjani)

Britain's Foreign Office says it is temporarily withdrawing some staff from its embassy in the Libyan capital in light of recent political unrest. Heavily armed militias have been besieging government buildings in Tripoli over the past month, blocking access to ministries to push their political demands. The Foreign Office said the staff being withdrawn are mainly those who work in support of Libyan ministries affected by recent events and stressed the embassy remains "open as usual." It currently advises against all but essential travel to Tripoli and against all travel to other parts of Libya, such as Benghazi. (More Libya stories.)

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