Two British Diplomats to Leave Beirut for Security Reasons With Lebanon-Hostages, Bjt
LONDON (AP) _ Two British diplomats and their families will leave Beirut temporarily for security reasons, the Foreign Office said Tuesday.
The withdrawal will leave four diplomats assigned to the British Embassy in Christian east Beirut, including Ambassador John Gray who currently is on vacation in England, the Foreign Office said in a statement.
The Foreign Office did not identify the diplomats.
″Recent developments in the Lebanon have led us to decide on the movement of a number of staff for security reasons,″ the Foreign Office said. ″The withdrawal is temporary.″
Sixty foreigners have been kidnapped in Moslem west Beirut since January 1984.
On Tuesday, an underground group claimed responsibility for kidnapping Edward Austin Tracy, a 55-year-old American writer of children’s books who has lived in west Beirut for several years.
The group, the Revolutionary Justice Organization, is believed made up of Moslem Shiites loyal to Iran.