The State Department says officials are processing U.S. citizens for a ferry trip out of Libya.
The government arranged the trip to evacuate Americans from Libya to the Mediterranean island of Malta.
The State Department believes there are several thousand dual U.S.-Libyan nationals and about 600 private U.S. citizens in Libya. Officials have also been trying to get 35 nonessential embassy staff members and family members of embassy personnel out of the country.
The Obama administration hasn’t yet outlined any steps to take against the Libyan regime for its violent crackdown on protesters. The U.S. has built an uneasy partnership with Libya, after years of accusing Moammar Gadhafi of backing terrorism.
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