US embassy in Tripoli shuttered with Libya sanctions pending

Sunday, November 25th, 2012 By


The US Embassy in Libya has been evacuated, and sanctions are pending against Libya and Moammar Gadhafi. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The U.S. embassy in Libya has been closed as violence in the Libyan capital is increasing. The regime of Moammar Gadhafi is quickly losing control despite stringent and deadly efforts to quell the uprising of Libyans against Gadhafi’s four-decade rule. Sanctions against Libya are likely to be enacted soon.

Tripoli plunging into chaos as Gadhafi regime tightens grip

The regime of longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is fast losing control of the nation, and the capital city of Tripoli is becoming the battleground for control of the North African country. Crowds of protesters have been fired upon, but have remained resilient in the face of mortal danger from African mercenaries and members of the Libyan army still loyal to Gadhafi. As a result of the escalating instability in the Libyan capital, the U.S. State Department has suspended American Embassy operations, and moved most embassy personnel out of Tripoli with a chartered ferry, according to Reuters. The embassy is still open, but most workers have been evacuated except for some staff.

Sanctions against Libya pending

The White House has affirmed that economic sanctions will be levied against Libya, in response to the brutal tactics used by Moammar Gadhafi in addressing the unrest in the country he has ruled for more than four decades. Military cooperation between the U.S. military and the Libyan military has already been cut off, and the nature of forthcoming sanctions against Libya will be determined after a meeting between President Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, according to CNN. Obama has previously been criticized for taking too soft a stance on the situation in Libya.

International leaders call for Gadhafi to resign

A growing chorus of international leaders and figureheads are calling for Colonel Gadhafi to resign, according to the New York Times. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France, called on Gadhafi to resign, and British Prime Minister David Cameron admonished Gadhafi that “the world will hold you to account.” Gadhafi has vowed to “die a martyr” and has refused to leave while alive.




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