The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Lebanese ambassador to Libya, Mohamed Sakini, confirmed closing his country’s embassy in Tripoli on Monday.
In a statement to Lebanese newspaper Al-Nahaar, Sakini said the embassy’s closing was made at his request to ensure the safety of the embassy’s staff following an attack by Libyan protesters.
According to Sakini, Libyan young men attacked his country’s embassy Monday morning to protest the burning of Libya’s flag in Beirut yesterday.
Sakini said that some young men vandalized the embassy and hung the Libyan flag at the embassy’s doors before leaving. He denied reports that there were injured victims in the attack on the embassy.
The ambassador clarified that he left Libya for Tunisia due to the general security situation in the capital and not because of this morning’s incident.
The Arab League condemned the burning of Libya’s flag in Beirut. The Foreign Ministry of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord announced that Libya will not participate in the summit.
Tensions have surged in recent days over the issue of Libya’s participation in Beirut’s economic summit. Members of Amal movement, a major political party in Lebanon, expressed their dissatisfaction with Libya’s participation over the decades-long case of the disappearance of its founder, Imam Moussa al-Sadr.