Britain to pull embassy staff out of Libya

Tripoli - Britain will close its embassy in Tripoli from 4 August, evacuating diplomatic staff to Tunisia, after fighting between rival armed factions spread in the Libyan capital, officials said.

Britain was one of the last western countries with an embassy open in Tripoli after two weeks of street fighting between rival militias forced the United States, the United Nations and European diplomatic staff to leave the North African country.

"Reluctantly we've decided we have to leave and temporarily suspend embassy operations in Libya," British Ambassador to Libya Michael Aron said on his Twitter account. "The risk of getting caught in the crossfire is too great."

The foreign office said in a statement late on Friday it would no longer be able to provide consular services in Tripoli after 4 August when it would suspended embassy operations.

Fighting in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi is the worst since the 2011 civil war that ended four decades of Muammar Gaddafi's rule, increasing international worries Libya is becoming a failed state.

Three years after the war, Libya's fragile government and nascent army are unable to control heavily armed brigades of ex-rebels who refuse to disband and have allied themselves with competing political factions to become powerbrokers.

Honeya Badger 2014/08/02 12:48:17 PM
The US, UK and other know-it-all western countries are now bailing out of Libya fast after the euphoria of killing Qaddafi being replaced by the hash realities of regime change!
Sam Gudnews 2014/08/02 01:00:59 PM
The UK,US and Nato,these terrorists has caused all these havoc.I had never seen stupid rebels like those used and sponsored by the US,BUT THE JUDGEMENT DAY HAS COME.
William Ronga 2014/08/03 12:38:49 AM
Why england , you alway are so proper
Thembalethu Mdumane KaNtoyanto 2014/08/03 09:19:01 AM
I said it b4 there wil never b peace in Lybia again. I'm vry sure the lybians miss Colonel M. Gadaffi by nw. The west is running away there
Ngubengwekazi Afrika 2014/08/03 05:06:06 PM
The destruction of Libya by the Nato dogs had nothing to do with freedom or democracy but everything thing to do with economic politics, so from the west's point of view, it's job well done as Libya has been reduced to a week rat infested warring "nation" unable to put its financial muscle to coordinate African development as Gaddafi always did. Over $60 billion of Libyan sovereign funds frozen in western banks hasn't been repatriated. Well done to the western robber barons!