Libya: 10 Tunisian consulate employees taken hostage

In Tripoli; reports from foreign ministry

12 June, 18:24

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JUNE 12 - At least 10 and possibly as many as 12 employees of the Tunisian consulate in Tripoli, Libya, have been taken hostage by an unidentified armed group.

    Reports were from the Tunisian foreign ministry on Friday, which condemned the act as an attack on its national sovereignty and a violation of international law and diplomatic mores that ensure the security and inviolability of diplomatic and consular offices. The ministry statement noted that all state services and institutions were closely watching developments in the situation and were coordinating with their Libyan, regional and international counterparts in order to secure the release and safety of the consular employees as soon as possible.

    The ministry noted that all Tunisian citizens were barred from traveling to Libya except in case of extreme need and only after advising the country's interior and foreign ministries. It urged members of the Tunisian community in Libya to use caution in their movements around the country and to leave if necessary.

    (ANSAmed).

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