Smoke seen rising from Italian embassy in Libya; United Nations pulls staff out Libyan capital; protests take place outside US embassy.
Libyan rebels 311.
(photo credit:REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)
A day after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son was killed in a NATO airstrike that targeted the strongman's compound, Western embassies in Tripoli were attacked and renewed fighting broke out across the country.
has decided to expel the Libyan ambassador after its embassy in Tripoli
was attacked, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday.
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Vienna Convention requires the Gaddafi regime to protect diplomatic
missions in Tripoli. By failing to do so that regime has once again
breached its international responsibilities and obligations," he said in
a statement, referring to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
result, I have taken the decision to expel the Libyan ambassador," he
said, adding that the official now had 24 hours to leave Britain.
condemn the attacks on the British Embassy premises in Tripoli as well
as the diplomatic missions of other countries," Hague said.
Witnesses told Reuters that smoke was rising from the Italian embassy building in the Libyan capital Sunday afternoon. Protests were said to be taking place outside the US embassy and the UK embassy was attacked, the BBC reported.
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United Nations buildings were also targeted by angry crowds on Sunday,
prompting the international body to announce it is pulling all of its
international staff out of Tripoli, according to the BBC.
The fighting that has spread across Libya for weeks also took a deadly
turn on Sunday and threatened to spread beyond its borders.
Forces loyal to Gaddafi are trying to advance on the rebel-held town of
Zintan, southwest of the capital, and are bombarding it with rockets, a
rebel spokesman said on Sunday.
"The military is now trying to advance from the east. They have been
randomly bombarding the town with Grad (rockets) and mortars since the
early hours of this morning," the spokesman, called Abdulrahman, told
Reuters by telephone from Zintan.
"There is also fighting in the al-Rayayna area (to the east of Zintan). We have been fighting them there since this morning.
Following an incursion into Tunisia by Gaddafi forces
on Friday, during which several civilians and pro-Gaddafi forces were
killed before retreating across the border, Libyan forces fired
artillery shells into Tunisa once again on Sunday.
Artillery fire from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi landed
in the Tunisian border town of Dehiba, a Reuters correspondent in the
The correspondent said most of the shells landed in the outskirts of the
town, where there are only a few houses. There were no reports of any
casualties. Pro-Gaddafi forces have been fighting rebels on the Libyan
side of the border.