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Sunday
May012011

U.S. Embassy Attacked in Libya

U.S. State Department(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Violence in Libya continued on Sunday, with the United States Embassy in Tripoli coming under attack.

Three buildings on the U.S. Embassy compound were reportedly attacked by individuals who appeared to be Libyans loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. A senior U.S. official said that one of the buildings was set on fire; however, fire crews were reportedly able to respond and extinguish the blaze. It is not quite clear just how much damage was caused by the fire. The other two U.S. Embassy buildings attacked are now reportedly being occupied by Libyans.

No Americans were inside the buildings at the time of the attack, as the U.S. had pulled embassy employees out of Tripoli in February.

The attack comes a day after a NATO airstrike is reported to have killed Gadhafi’s son, Saif al-Arab, along with three of Moammar Gadhafi’s grandchildren.

Embassies belonging to the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Qatar, all located in Tripoli, were also attacked by Gadhafi loyalists. Following the attack on its embassy, the UK has ordered that Libya’s Ambassador to the UK, leave the country.

Offices of the United Nations were also attacked by violent mobs, prompting the UN to instruct its staff to leave Tripoli.

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