Submitted by ub on Sat, 07/26/2014 - 10:07

The American embassy in Libya was shut down on Saturday and evacuated as its diplomats moved to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias.

This heightened risk to US diplomats in Libya is a flashback of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in the eastern city of Benghazi that are still vivid and of the political uproar remaining fresh ahead of a new congressional investigation into the incident.

The evacuation is accompanied by the release of a new travel warnings for Libya urging Americans not to go to the country and recommending that those already there leave immediately.