Huge Oil Depot Blaze Puts Tripoli Under Threat - Yahoo News

October 9, 2014

Fighting in the area has claimed the lives of 97 people and left more than 400 injured, according to the latest figures released by the health ministry. On Monday, the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a huge pall web link of black smoke hung over the plant and explosions could be heard at regular intervals. A man lies in a bed at Al-Sabah Hospital in the Libyan capital Tripoli on July 27, 2014 (AFP Photo/M An AFP photographer said projectiles had fallen close to the plant. While the oil burns, in Tripoli itself motorists are suffering a severe petrol shortage, as service stations have closed over fears for the safety of staff in the light of the fighting. As the lawlessness spreads, several countries, including Britain, France, web directories Germany and Egypt have all warned their citizens not to travel to Libya, while the United States evacuated its embassy over the weekend. Other countries, among them the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Tuurkey have advised their nationals to leave the country immediately. Italy and Malta have sent aircraft in the past few days to the Miitiga military airport to airlift their nationsls out of Libya. The exodus of foreign workers will further hit the strife-torn country, while the health ministry warned of a shortage of medical staff after the Philippines announced it was withdrawing its citizens, including 3,000 doctors and other healthcare workers.
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