Russian flag torn in embassy surge
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#1 Oct 3, 2013
Russia's embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli came under fire on Wednesday and a group of people tried to force their way into the compound, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Diplomatic sources in Libya said security guards fired shots to disperse a group of about 60 people that had approached the embassy. An attempt to enter the building was repelled and, according to the Foreign Ministry, no diplomats were wounded.
“The attackers opened fire and tore the Russian flag,” the Russian Itar Tass news agency cited unnamed sources as saying. Embassy staff had been taken to the airport as a precaution.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told Russian state television the situation had calmed.“In Tripoli... a shooting occurred and there was an attempt to enter the territory of the Russian embassy.”
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