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Security Message for U.S. Citizens - Demonstrations

September 27, 2012

United States Embassy Tripoli

Media reports the possibility of demonstrations in Tripoli and Benghazi on Friday, September 28, 2012 beginning at approximately 5:00 pm.  Please avoid the Al Shajara area in downtown Benghazi, and Martyr’s Square in Tripoli.  The demonstrations are a continuation of those that took place in Benghazi September 21-22, 2012.

Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable.  You should avoid them if at all possible.  Be alert and aware of your surroundings, and pay attention to what the local news media has to say. 

U.S. citizens in need of emergency assistance should call 091-379-4560 within Libya or +218-91-379-4560 if dialing from outside Libya.

U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

You can stay in touch and get updates by checking the Embassy website.  U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide CautionTravel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad,” which includes valuable security information for those living and traveling abroad. 

Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler App available through iTunes and the Android market to have travel information at your fingertips.  In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain the latest information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).