The Obama administration evacuated its employees from the US embassy in Tripoli as violence between rival militias intensified in the Libyan capital.
According to government officials the personnel were driven out of the city by members of the US State Department. The workers were taken to Tunisia while US military units, such as fighter jets and surveillance planes afforded security to the mission. V-22 tilt rotor aircraft were also positioned as a security measure to insure the safety of the evacuees. The personnel arrived safely to their destination.
The State Department emphasized that the move was taken as a precaution and is only temporary.
“Due to the continuing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” said Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, adding the evacuation “was not prompted by a specific threat.”