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Teacher shot dead in Benghazi Dec. 5, 2013

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:36 pm    Post subject: Teacher shot dead in Benghazi Dec. 5, 2013 Reply with quote

Hurriyet News / Turkey

HOMEPAGE / WORLD/ INTERNATIONAL Thursday,December 5 2013

American teacher shot dead in Libya's Benghazi
BENGHAZI - Agence France-Presse

An American teacher was shot dead in Benghazi on Thursday, 15 months after a deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya's second city, medical and security officials said.

The dead man was a US citizen who taught at the city's international school, security services spokesman Ibrahim al-Sharaa said.

He was shot dead as he was taking his morning jog in the central Al-Fwihet neighbourhood of the city, Sharaa said.

The body of a 33-year-old US citizen who had died of gunshot wounds was brought in to the Benghazi Medical Centre, its spokesman Khalil Gwider said.

Benghazi international school director Adel al-Mansuri said the slain American had taught chemistry since late last year.

In other violence in the increasingly lawless eastern city on Thursday, two Libyan soldiers were shot dead in separate incidents, the latest of dozens of security personnel to be gunned down in recent weeks, security officials said.

The violence rocking the city, which was the cradle of the NATO-backed rebellion against veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi, is largely blamed on jihadist groups that have mushroomed since he was toppled and killed in 2011.

Chief among them is Ansar al-Sharia, a jihadist group accused of the September 11, 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Libya's new authorities have tried in vain to integrate former rebels who helped topple Kadhafi into the regular armed forces, with many militias carving their own fiefdoms, each with its own ideology and regional allegiances.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As much as I love Libya ... this is not worth considering! The offers in Libya are ridiculously low Shocked I earn more in Europe on a part-time basis!

RIP Ronnie, someone who shouldn't have left us this way!

I now see INTENSIVE SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, are offering jobs in a 'safe environment' Laughing - the police college (with horrific salary!) Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed very sad because as a teacher in Libya you know Ronnie was only trying to create good will and help the less fortunate. I for one couldn't put myself in that position. Yes, many countries in turmoil are very beautiful and the people are welcoming but I have known too many teacher friends that have suffered (gunshots, etc.) by putting their lives in jeopardy as a result of going to a "war torn country". Stay safe and trust your instincts.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 against all travel to areas outsideof Tripoli. Because of ongoing instability and violence, the Department’s ability to provide consular services to U.S. citizens within Tripoliis extremely limited, and the Department cannot provide consular services outside Tripoli except by telephone. The U.S. Embassy in Libya remains an unaccompanied post due to security concerns. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated June 7, 2013.

The Libyan government is still working to rebuild its military and police forces and improve security following the 2011 revolution. The security situation remains unpredictable and unstable. Many military-grade weapons remain in the hands of private individuals, including antiaircraft weapons that may be used against civilian aviation. Crime levels remain high in many parts of the country. In addition to the threat of crime, various groups have called for attacks against U.S. citizens and U.S. interests in Libya. For instance, in October and December 2013, extremist groups in Libya made specific threats against U.S. government officials and U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Libya. Because of the presumption that foreigners, especially U.S. citizens, in Libya may be associated with the U.S. government or U.S. NGOs, travelers should be aware that they may be targeted by extremist groups seeking to injure or kill U.S. citizens, and should act accordingly with extreme caution. In addition, on December 5, 2013, a U.S. citizen teacher resident in Benghazi was killed in a drive-by shooting near his home.

Sporadic episodes of civil unrest have occurred throughout the country and attacks by armed militants can occur in many different areas; hotels frequented by westerners have been caught in the crossfire. On November 15, 2013, fighting between militias and protesters in Tripoli resulted in the deaths of approximately 50 people with hundreds more injured. Since that time, some militias have withdrawn from Tripoli. However, checkpoints controlled by militias are common outside of Tripoli and other urban areas have witnessed fighting between armed groups and government forces. Closures or threats of closures of the international airports occur regularly, for maintenance-, labor-, or security-related reasons.

U.S. citizens should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations, as even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. U.S. citizens traveling to or remaining in Libya should use caution and limit nonessential travel within the country, make their own contingency emergency plans, and maintain security awareness at all times.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:55 am    Post subject: another on bites the dust Reply with quote

An Indian teacher was also killed last week in Ajadabya. We also know a Language Solutions teacher got pistol whipped in Zawia.
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