Libyan Embassy in Belarus Stormed for Second Time

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On Monday, the Libyan Embassy in Belarus accused the Government of National Accord (GNA) of recruiting thugs to attack the embassy’s headquarters in the capital, Minsk. The Chargé d’Affaires, Mohammed Asteita, was also injured during the incident.

In a statement, the embassy said that pro-GNA gunmen led by Muhammad Abdullah Al-Maghrawi, the son of the former ambassador in Belarus, stormed the embassy’s headquarters accompanied by a group of foreign mercenaries.

It stated that the militants had assaulted Asteita, who represents Libya’s eastern-based Interim Government and the Libyan Parliament.

“This is the second attack on the embassy by the GNA-affiliated intruders as the Libyan Embassy in Minsk was attacked by 40 people last August.”

In a video clip, the Chargé d’Affaires said that during the attack, a number of people including diplomats were present inside the building.

He also published a video clip recorded by surveillance cameras showing people, some of whom were masked, jumping into the embassy’s grounds and into the building.

The Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the Belarusian authorities to take all necessary measures to protect its embassy in Minsk.