- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014

The deteriorating security situation in Libya has prompted the Republic of Korea (ROK) to send a naval destroyer to the region for evacuation operations.

“Munmu the Great will leave Oman’s Port of Salalah in the afternoon to arrive in the sea of Libya around mid-August with a mission to evacuate South Koreans,” a foreign ministry official said, as reported by the Yonhap News Agency Thursday.

The 4,500-ton navy destroyer’s mission will be to evacuate 500 Koreans in the country to safety. It should arrive in the region within one week.

“The navy ship will then pick up those who still remain in the country, possibly including the staff of the South Korean Embassy in Libya,” Yonhap reported.

The U.S. evacuated its embassy staff to Tunisia on July 26, the U.S. Naval Institute reported Thursday.

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