Western Governments Urge Citizens to Leave Benghazi

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LONDON (AP) - Western governments are urging their citizens in the Libyan city of Benghazi to leave -- in response to what is described as an imminent threat against Westerners.

The warnings have come from the governments of Britain, Germany and the Netherlands. They come a day after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testified to Congress about the deadly September attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya.

The warnings also come as French troops battle militants linked to al-Qaida in the African country of Mali. It's not clear if today's warnings are linked to the fighting in Mali, or to last week's deaths of dozens of foreigners at the hands of Islamist extremists in Algeria.

The foreign ministries of Britain, Germany and the Netherlands issued statements describing the threat as specific and imminent, but none gave details about the nature of the threat.

For months, several countries have advised against travel to Benghazi, especially after the U.S. consulate was attacked. The city is a business hub where many major firms employ Westerners.

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