Friday 31 October 2014

Department of Foreign Affairs warns Irish citizens in Libya to leave immediately

Published 04/08/2014 | 22:44

Charlie Flanagan
Charlie Flanagan

THE Department of Foreign Affairs has warned all Irish citizens in Libya to leave the country immediately.

Ireland becomes to latest country to warn its citizens to leave the north African nation over the deteriorating security situation.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan this evening tweeted: "All Irish in Libya should arrange to register with DFA & leave immediately."

There are around 100 Irish citizens resident in the country.

On Friday the department advised citizens there to register.

In a statement the Minister said:

“The security situation in Libya has deteriorated significantly in recent weeks as fighting between rival militia groups has intensified in Tripoli and other major cities.  There have been repeated reports of damage to essential infrastructure, affecting access between Libya and Europe.

“Approximately 100 Irish people remain in Libya, most of them long-term residents. My Department has set up a Crisis Team and is currently in contact with these Irish citizens and their families, to offer advice and assistance.

“We are working closely with our EU partners, and will continue to provide direct assistance and updated information to Irish citizens and their families, over the coming days.

“I would encourage all Irish people in Libya who have not yet been contacted to register with the Department, and to follow our latest travel advice at www.dfa.ie or to call us at 00353 1 408 2000.”

Britain evacuated its citizens to Malta yesterday, with a navy ship evacuating Brits to the Mediterranean island.

The United States evacuated all its embassy staff from the country late last week.

Security in the country has rapididly deteriorated over the last month.

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