France Urges Nationals To Leave Libya Due To Security Situation

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Picture Black plumes of smoke is seen in the vicinity of Camp Thunderbolt, after clashes in Benghazi. Black plumes of smoke is seen in the vicinity of Camp Thunderbolt, after clashes between militants, former rebel fighters and government forces in Benghazi July 27, 2014. At least 36 people were killed in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, many of them civilian, where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed on Saturday night and Sunday morning, medical and security sources said.

PARIS (Reuters) - France on Sunday called on all French nationals to leave Libya, which in the last two weeks has descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

"All our nationals are invited to get in touch as quickly as possible with our embassy inTripoli," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under heavy military escort after escalating clashes near the embassy compound in Tripoli.

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