Date
13 December 2017
The United States evacuated all personnel from its embassy in Tripoli amid heightened sectarian strife in the capital. An abandoned annex (above) has been seized by armed militias. Photo: Reuters
The United States evacuated all personnel from its embassy in Tripoli amid heightened sectarian strife in the capital. An abandoned annex (above) has been seized by armed militias. Photo: Reuters

Libyan militias seize US embassy annex in Tripoli

Libyan militias have taken over an abandoned building in the United States embassy complex in Tripoli, Reuters reported Monday.

However, the group did not break into the main compound where the US evacuated all of its staff last month, according to officials in Washington.

The annex, apparently consisting of diplomatic residences, is located about two kilometers from the main embassy compound. All sensitive materials were destroyed or removed from US diplomatic sites in the capital before the evacuation.

The US withdrew all embassy personnel from Tripoli on July 26, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under armed guard, amid escalating clashes between rival factions, the report said.

Libya has been rocked by the worst factional violence since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi. A Misrata-led alliance, part of which is Islamist-leaning, controls the capital.

Western governments fear Libya is teetering toward becoming a failed state three years after a NATO-backed war ended Gaddafi’s rule.

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