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French Foreign Ministry Calls On French Nationals To Leave Libya

Smoke billows during clashes between security forces and armed groups near a Libyan army special forces barracks, on July 23,
Smoke billows during clashes between security forces and armed groups near a Libyan army special forces barracks, on July 23, 2014, in the eastern city of Benghazi. Elsewhere in the country, rival militias have been engaged in a bloody battle for Libya's main international airport in Tripoli for 11 days that has halted all flights and caused extensive damage to airport infrastructure. AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH DOMA (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)

PARIS, July 27 (Reuters) - France on Sunday called on all French nationals to leave Libya, which in the last two weeks has descended into its deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

"All our nationals are invited to get in touch as quickly as possible with our embassy in Tripoli," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on Saturday, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under heavy military escort after escalating clashes near the embassy compound in Tripoli. (Reporting by Michel Rose and John Irish; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)