While US Secretary of State Kerry was in the meeting in Paris discussing the Gaza ceasefire today the State Departmant announced that the US Embassy in Libya has been closed and that its staff has been relocated to Tunisia.
Travel Warning - July 26, 2014
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately. On July 26, the U.S. Embassy suspended all embassy operations in Libya and relocated staff, due to ongoing violence between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the Embassy.
WASHINGTON — The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.
“Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said.
Military assistanceSome information about the ceasefire in Gaza is here:
The US embassy in Tripoli was already operating on limited staffing. All remaining personnel were driven overland to Tunisia in the early hours of Saturday.
The US military said it had "assisted in the relocation" of embassy staff, using F-16 and MV-22 Osprey aircraft.
It said the five-hour operation was "conducted without incident".
Update: Turkish media are reporting that the Turkish Embassy in Libya has suspended operations after transporting overland more that 700 Turkish citizens out of Libya in the past few days.