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    Lebanese Embassy Comes Under Attack in Tripoli - Reports

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    The Lebanese embassy in Tripoli has been attacked by an outraged people in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, El-Nashra news website reported, Lebanese Ambassador to Libya Mohammad Sukaina said on Monday.

    According to the envoy, the attackers didn't manage to get into the building but tore off the country's flag and a tablet from the embassy's wall. The envoy further noted that no employees had been injured as the embassy was closed.

    Later in the day, the Libyan High Council of State called on for the suspension of diplomatic relations with Lebanon over the desecration of a Libyan flag in Beirut.

    "The council expresses surprise over the incident… and calls on the Foreign Ministry to freeze diplomatic relations between Libya and Lebanon," the council said in a statement.

    Earlier, a number of Arab news outlets showed a video, featuring protesters in Beirut, tearing off and desecrating a Libyan flag.

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    Lebanon will host the next Economic Arab Forum on January 19-20. A number of Lebanese activists have expressed their protest against the Libyan delegation's participation in the forum. Arab media outlets issued photos showing demonstrators desecrating the Libyan flag near the venue that will host the summit.

    The Libyan-Lebanese relations remain tense over the disappearance of Lebanese Shia imam Musa Sadr in the northern African country in 1978. Then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had been repeatedly accused of being behind the disappearance of Sadr.

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