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Government bars Indians from travelling to Libya

The government on Monday barred Indians from travelling to Libya in view of the security situation in the North African country.

india Updated: May 23, 2016 18:12 IST
A general view of buildings ravaged by fighting in Sirte, Libya.
A general view of buildings ravaged by fighting in Sirte, Libya.(AP)


The government on Monday barred Indians from travelling to strife-torn Libya in view of the security situation in the North African country.

Twenty nine Indians - most of them employees of Zawiya Hospital in Libya’s Sabratha city - were evacuated from the country earlier this month.

Last year, four Indian nationals were abducted from Sirte town near Tripoli. The Indian government had then issued an advisory asking its citizens to leave Libya.

“In view of prevailing security situation in Libya, security threats and challenges to lives of Indian nationals in Libya, the government of India has decided to impose travel ban on Indian nationals planning to travel to Libya irrespective of the purpose,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

“All immigration authorities have been notified in this respect. Indian nationals may please take note of the travel ban for compliance,” it said, adding that the ban has been effective from May 3 this year.

IS wrecks havoc in Libya

Islamic State controls a strip of more than 250 km (155 miles) of Libya’s central coastline, from which it launches regular attacks to the east, west and south.

IS took advantage of the political turmoil and security vacuum after the uprising that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi five years ago to build a power base in Libya.

Over the last week it has made gains, carrying out suicide attacks in the sparsely populated area between Sirte and Misrata, including at a major checkpoint at Abu Grain.

(with inputs from PTI, IANS, Reuters)