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US issues Libya travel alert

News18test sharma |

Updated: February 20, 2011, 11:52 AM IST
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US issues Libya travel alert
The statement came amid reports of clashes between protesters and security forces in Libya

Washington: The US has asked its citizens to defer their non-essential travel to Libya, amid a massive crackdown against protesters demanding ouster of the country's ruler Moammar Gaddafi, who has been in power for 42 years.

"US citizens are urged to defer non-essential travel to eastern Libya at this time," the State Department said in a statement.

The statement came amid reports of violent clashes between protesters and security forces in various cities in eastern Libya, including Benghazi, Ajdabiya, Al-Bayda, Al Marj, Derna and Tobruk.

Spontaneous anti-regime demonstrations and violence are possible throughout the next several days, the State Department said.

Demonstrations have degenerated on several occasions into violent clashes between security forces and protesters, resulting in injuries, it said.

"While demonstrations have not been directed toward Westerners, US citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security," the State Department said.

First Published: February 20, 2011, 11:52 AM IST
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