UNITED NATIONS, July 13 The United Nations said
on Sunday it had temporarily relocated some of its international
staff out of Libya after heavy fighting broke out between rival
militias vying for control of Libya's main airport.
The fighting killed at least seven people and forced a halt
to all flights in the worst violence in the capital in six
"We can confirm a temporary relocation for security
reasons," U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said, without giving
If the security situation continued to deteriorate, U.N.
sources did not rule out a temporary relocation of all remaining
international staff in Libya. One U.N. source said U.N. staff
had been "significantly reduced."
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya, or UNSMIL, has
some 200 national and international staff, according to its
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Peter Cooney)