Irish government warns citizens to leave Libya

The Irish government has advised its citizens to leave Libya.

Fighting between rival factions in the North African country has killed hundreds of people in recent weeks.

The Department of Foreign Affairs advised against travelling to Libya "under any circumstances" and said citizens should "leave immediately by commercial means".

It made the announcement through a statement on its website on Monday evening.

Ireland does not have an embassy or a consulate in Libya and the statement said that citizens who need assistance should contact the Irish Embassy in Rome.

The UK sent a Royal Navy ship to evacuate Britons on Monday.

The British Embassy suspended its operations in the country and relocated to Tunisia.

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