CAIRO (AA) – Egypt on Thursday warned the country’s truck drivers against venturing beyond the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk, roughly 1,500km from capital Tripoli.
“Those who don’t comply must shoulder the responsibility of the dangers they would face as a result of Libya’s deteriorating security conditions,” Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular and Expatriate Affairs Ali al-Ashri said in a statement.
Scores of Egyptian trucks enter Libya every day bringing foodstuffs, agricultural products and other materials to the restive North African country.
However, deteriorating security conditions in Libya have led the Egyptian government to warn against travelling there.
Al-Ashri said the Foreign Ministry was still warning Egyptians against travelling to Libya and urging Egyptians living there to exercise caution and avoid conflict zones.
In recent weeks, Libya has seen several bloody clashes between rival militias.
The country descended into violence following a popular uprising in 2011 that ended the four-decade rule of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.
Egypt recently airlifted thousands of its citizens, who sought to flee the violence in Libya, back home.
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