France urges nationals to leave Libya

France is closing French-run schools in Libya and urging its citizens there to return home.

France urges nationals to leave Libya

France is closing French-run schools in Libya and urging its citizens there to return home, European Affairs Minister Laurent Wauquiez said on Monday, after anti-government protests spread to the capital Tripoli.

Wauquiez said around 30 French nationals had been brought out of the city of Benghazi, where there has been a fierce crackdown on protests for the past few days, and flown to Tripoli.

"We are trying to organise things so that French schools close now and are encouraging French citizens and families in Tripoli and Libya in general to come back to France," Wauquiez said on Europe 1 radio.

About 750 French people live in Libya, he said, adding: "For the moment there's no direct threat (to them)."

Human Rights Watch said at least 223 people had been killed in five days of violence in Libya, mostly in Benghazi, cradle of the uprising and centre of a region where leader Muammar Gaddafi's grip has always been weaker than elsewhere in the oil-rich desert nation.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Şubat 2011, 11:36

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