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Spain evacuates embassy staff from Libya

Thursday - 7/31/2014, 6:10am  ET

MADRID (AP) -- Spain's Foreign Ministry says it is temporarily evacuating its ambassador and most embassy staff from Libya because of the worsening security situation in the capital, Tripoli.

A ministry statement Thursday said one staff member would remain in charge of the embassy. It added that an unspecified number Spaniards and other nationals were also to be flown out.

On Tuesday, a Spanish military plane took 60 people out of Libya, among them 49 Spaniards and some relatives.

The ministry it was confident that the unstable situation in Libya would end soon. It reiterated Spain's support for the country's new parliament and called again for a cease-fire as soon as possible.


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