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US evacuates Libya embassy over 'real risk' from fighting

Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli's airport as fighting between rival factions continues on July 24, 2014The United States evacuated its Libyan embassy staff under air cover Saturday as they faced a “real risk” from fierce fighting around Tripoli airport, Secretary of State John Kerry said. The announcement came hours after the country’s interim government warned the clashes between militia vying for control of the strategic airport were threatening to tear Libya apart. Fighting around the airport halted abruptly and the convoy sped out of the capital shortly afterwards, witnesses said. Calling for an end to the conflict around the airport, the government raised the spectre of “the collapse of the country” and “the destruction which could result from… endless war”.

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