Bulgaria Evacuates Embassy Staff From Libya

Diplomacy | July 30, 2014, Wednesday // 10:01|  views

Smoke, believed to come from explosions near Tripoli International Airport, rises in the sky over the Libyan capital. Libya`s government has struggled to impose order since the 2011 ouster of ruler Moamer Gaddafi. Photo: EPA/BGNES

Bulgaria has evacuated all staff from its embassy in Tripoli due to the continued deterioration of the security situation in Libya.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia said on Tuesday that Bulgarian citizens in Libya who might need urgent assistance could contact the EU delegation in Tripoli as well as the diplomatic missions of Malta, France, Hungary, Italy and Romania.

On Monday, Bulgaria warned its citizens against all travel to Libya due to rising tensions in the North African country where Islamist militias have been battling their opponents, pushing the country towards full-scale civil war.

The UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands issued similar warnings last week. The U.S. embassy in Tripoli evacuated all staff on Saturday.

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