Anti-government protesters in Libya clashed with security forces over the weekend prompting the U.S. State Department to issue a travel warning on Monday advising all non-emergency U.S. personnel to leave the country.
The Department warned U.S. citizens in Libya to take extreme precautions and to avoid areas where demonstrations would occur.
Americans encountering a protest, even a seemingly peaceful one, are advised to leave the location immediately.
Libya is just the latest country to garner a travel warning amid the turmoil and violence throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
Most recently, the State Department issued a travel alert for Bahrain, urging U.S. citizens to refrain from non-essential travel to the country.
The Bahrain alert also follows a series of protests that turned violent, resulting in at least six confirmed deaths. The unrest has also resulted in the cancellation of the island nation’s major upcoming Formula One race, the Bahrain Grand Prix, a major tourist draw.
By Adriana Padilla at PeterGreenberg.com.
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