Western governments urge citizens to leave Benghazi


Associated Press

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 24 at 12:03 PM

LONDON (AP) — Western governments are urging their citizens in the Libyan city of Benghazi to leave -- in response to what is described as an imminent threat against Westerners.

The warnings have come from the governments of Britain, Germany and the Netherlands. They come a day after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testified to Congress about the deadly September attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya.

The warnings also come as French troops battle militants linked to al-Qaida in the African country of Mali. It's not clear if today's warnings are linked to the fighting in Mali, or to last week's deaths of dozens of foreigners at the hands of Islamist extremists in Algeria.

The foreign ministries of Britain, Germany and the Netherlands issued statements describing the threat as specific and imminent, but none gave details about the nature of the threat.

For months, several countries have advised against travel to Benghazi, especially after the U.S. consulate was attacked. The city is a business hub where many major firms employ Westerners.

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174-v-31-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)--British nationals are being told to get out of the city of Benghazi in Libya. Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports. (24 Jan 2013)

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175-c-15-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)-"of the threat"-Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports the British government is urging its people to get out of the Libyan city of Benghazi right now. (24 Jan 2013)

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