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UN Evacuates Staff from Tripoli

Sunday, 01 May 2011 01:12 PM

 

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says it has evacuated its international staff from Tripoli because of unrest in the Libyan capital.

Stephanie Bunker, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said Sunday that 12 staffers had left the North African country and were now in neighboring Tunisia.

She says the representatives from various U.N. agencies arrived in Tripoli shortly after U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos signed an agreement with the Libyan government on April 10 to allow U.N. agencies into the Libyan capital.

U.N. international staffers remain in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, in eastern Libya.

The evacuation comes hours after Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi reportedly escaped a NATO missile strike that a government spokesman said killed one of his sons and three young grandchildren.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says it's evacuating its international staff from Tripoli because of unrest in the Libyan capital.

Stephanie Bunker, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said Sunday that 12 staffers were in the process of leaving the North African country.

She says the representatives from various U.N. agencies arrived in Tripoli shortly after U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos signed an agreement with the Libyan government on April 10 to allow U.N. agencies into Tripoli.

U.N. international staffers are remaining in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, in eastern Libya.

The evacuation comes hours after Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi reportedly escaped a NATO missile strike that a government spokesman said killed one of his sons and three young grandchildren.

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