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France pulls diplomatic staff out of Libya

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France pulls diplomatic staff out of Libya


France is the latest country to pull its embassy staff out of Libya after heavy fighting between armed groups in Tripoli.

A battle to control Tripoli’s airport has killed dozens and nearly destroyed the terminal.

As firefighters battled to control a huge blaze at a Tripoli fuel depot hit by a rocket, people queued for food and fuel.

Two weeks of violence continues to disrupt essential supplies to people living in the capital.

Anas Lotfy manages a bakery where people were queuing to buy bread.

He explained: “The city has a shortage of petrol and fuel. We had to buy fuel on the black market so we can provide for the people. We only have enough flour to last for two days and we had to buy that on the black market.”

Three years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s weak government is unable to control militias of former rebels who are battling for political and economic power.

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