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U.S. issues new travel warning for Libya advising against all but essential travel

Excerpt from The Washington Times

Jan 03, 2013 3:44 am

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The recent death of four civilians at a protest in late December likely prompted the strongly worded advisory, although few Americans besides government personnel should still be in Libya at this point.

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The State Department issued Wednesday a new travel warning for Libya, citing “ongoing instability and violence” and strongly advising against all travel to the eastern city of Benghazi, where the U.S. Consulate was decimated by a terrorist attack on Sept. 11.

… “The security situation in Libya remains unpredictable,” the new warning states. “Sporadic episodes of civil unrest have occurred throughout the country. U.S. citizens should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations, as even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.”

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