A travel warning circulated by the State Department this afternoon warns American citizens against all travel to Benghazi and elsewhere in Libya, including the entire southern region of the country.
“The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Libya and strongly advises against all but essential travel to Tripoli and all travel to Benghazi, Bani Walid, and southern Libya,” the warning says, “including border areas and the regions of Sabha and Kufra. Because of ongoing instability and violence, the Department’s ability to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in these regions of Libya is extremely limited.”
The Department notice indicated that the security situation in Libya remains unpredictable, citing ”civil unrest” and “demonstrations” occuring throughout the country.
The warning comes the day after a House Oversight Committee hearing on the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, during which whistleblowers alleged that the Obama adminsitration misled Americans about the nature of the attack and attempted to silence witnesses in order to protect its reputation.