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Jul 27, 2014 11:21 AM by NBC News

U.S. orders Americans to evacuate embassy in Libya

More than 150 Americans have been evacuated from the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya, as violence in the region intensified between rival factions, the State Department said.

"The U.S. together with other countries have decided that because of the freewheeling militia violence that is taking place particularly around the embassy ... it presents a real risk to our personnel," Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters during a trip to France. Kerry clarified that the violence was taking place near the embassy "but not on the embassy," and diplomatic activities there were suspended, not halted.

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