Lithuanian citizens are urged to leave Libya

Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Antanas Linkevičius and his ministry has urged Lithuanian citizens and its embassy to leave Libya as fast as possible amid fighting in the county

Lithuania is not a single European state to do so. A large number of European Union embassies have restricted activities or shot down since the crisis has begun. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one Lithuanian citizen was assisted in leaving Libya via Spain.

“The situation in Libya recently has got out of control, armed clashes have broken out throughout the country, communication is restricted,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement reported Baltic-Times.

According to Reuters, clashes with artillery and rockets between the army and the rebels have spread on Thursday into two Tripoli districts. Nearly 200 people have been killed since the clashes began about two weeks ago in Tripoli and also in the eastern city of Benghazi, where a coalition of Islamist militants and former rebels has overrun a major army base in the city.

The U.S. State Department said that the U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel already eight days ago because of heavy militia violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. According to CNN, About 150 personnel, including 80 U.S. Marines, were evacuated from the embassy and were driven across the border into Tunisia. Some of them were sent to the other embassies in the region while others were sent home, to U.S.

 

Aleksejus Podpruginas
Aleksejus Podpruginas is The Baltic Review author based in Israel