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Thai FM orders evacuation of Thais in Libya

Smoke billows from an area near Tripolis international airport as fighting between rival factions around the capital's airport continues on July 24. The airport has been closed since July 13 because of clashes.//AFP

Smoke billows from an area near Tripolis international airport as fighting between rival factions around the capital's airport continues on July 24. The airport has been closed since July 13 because of clashes.//AFP

The Thai Foreign Ministry has ordered the evacuation of Thais in Libya within 48 hours following fierce fighting between armed groups.

Some of the 1,500 Thai workers in Libya have already moved to Tunisia where a temporary centre to help them has been set up.

Egypt and several Western countries urged their nationals to leave Libya amid spiralling violence after two weeks of fighting left 97 people dead and a warning by stateowned National Oil Corp of a major disaster after a fuel tank was hit.

Washington evacuated its embassy staff on Saturday, with Secretary of State John Kerry warning the mission had faced a "real risk" from fierce fighting between armed groups for control of Tripoli's international airport.

Another 38 people, mostly soldiers, were killed in 24 hours of fighting between the army and Islamists in the eastern city of Benghazi, military and medical officials said on Sunday, in a further sign of the chaos plaguing the North African nation.


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