ABC News' Kirit Radia reports: The US embassy in Libya has closed temporarily and evacuated all of its diplomats as violence mounts in the capital Tripoli, the State Department announced today.
“Given current security conditions in Libya, coupled with our inability to guarantee fully the safety and security of our diplomatic personnel in the country, the Department of State has temporarily withdrawn Embassy personnel from Tripoli and suspended all embassy operations effective February 25, 2011,” State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said in a statement.
The announcement came just an hour after a US government chartered flight carrying the remaining American diplomats took off from an airfield near downtown Tripoli, bound for Istanbul, Turkey.
Earlier this week the United States decided to evacuate 40 non-essential personnel and embassy family members, but their departure by ferry was delayed until today due to rough seas and bad weather.
- Kirit Radia