Royal Navy ship diverted to Tripoli to evacuate Britons from Libya

Up to 300 people given last chance to leave on HMS Enterprise before UK embassy closes because of militia fighting

A Royal Navy support ship has been sent to the Libyan capital Tripoli to evacuate the last remaining British citizens after the ambassador decided “reluctantly” to close down operations in the country.

More fighting around Tripoli airport killed 22 people overnight, as competing militias fought for control in both the east and west of the country.

Other embassies, including America’s, has already closed down and pulled out staff. The British ambassador, Michael Aron, and his key diplomats had stayed on but on Friday the Foreign Office also decided to close from Monday.