Russia pulls embassy staff from Libya

MOSCOW — Russia evacuated its diplomats and their families from Libya on Thursday, the day after a mob attack on the Russian Embassy, and issued a warning to its citizens against visiting the country.

The Russian foreign ministry said none of the embassy staff was hurt in Wednesday’s attack, which came after the death of a Libyan air force officer, who was allegedly killed by a Russian woman.


An armed mob broke into the embassy compound in Tripoli, the attackers climbing over walls and shooting in the air. One attacker was killed by the gunfire and four were wounded, Libyan officials said.

Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Moscow decided to evacuate the embassy after Libya’s foreign minister, Mohamed Abdelaziz, said that Libya was unable to protect the personnel.


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