Libyan militias take over abandoned U.S. embassy in Tripoli
U.S. embassy staff was evacuated in July because of raging violence. (AFP/File)
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A Libyan militia group says it has secured the US Embassy and its residential compound in the capital, Tripoli, since last week.
An unnamed commander for the Fajr (Dawn) Libya militiamen made the remarks on Sunday.
"We've secured the location and the assets of the embassy," he said, adding, "We've informed our command ... immediately after entering the place following the exit of the rival militia. The place is secure and under protection."
A video posted online showed unarmed men playing in the embassy courtyard.
Moussa Abu-Zaqia, another commander for the militia group, said on the same day that the residential compound has been under the control of his forces since August 24, a day after they captured Libya's main international airport in Tripoli.
Fajr militiamen had been engaged in heavy fighting with rival Zintan forces that held the airport since the fall of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a popular uprising in October 2011.
American diplomats were evacuated from Libya to neighboring Tunisia on July 26 because of raging violence.
Libya has been witnessing one of its worst spasms of violence since the overthrow of Ghaddafi.
Recent fighting between armed groups has prompted almost all foreign diplomats and thousands of residents to flee Tripoli.
Rival militiamen, who refuse to lay down arms, are fighting for total rule over the North African country, and the army has been unable to curb the widespread lawlessness.
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