02 March 2011

US Embassy in Libya closed and US sanctions imposed

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The US Embassy in Tripoli was closed last week with the US Government announcing it will slap sanctions on Libya in an effort to halt Moamer Kadhafi's crackdown on protesters.

Washington has also warned that its spies were seeking evidence of "atrocities" and told banks to look out for shifting Libyan assets. 

White House spokesman Jay Carney said sanctions would include unilateral American steps and multilateral measures with US partners to “pressure the regime in Libya to stop killing its own people".

The US Embassy in Tripoli, only opened in 2006 during a tentative reconnection in US-Libya ties, was closed for security reasons and all diplomatic personnel withdrawn.

Last Friday, an international flight and a chartered ferry carrying US citizens departed Tripoli. After a choppy Mediterranean crossing, the vessel of nearly 300 Americans and other foreigners arrived into Malta.

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