Embassy attacks threaten Libya with new isolation: analysts
TRIPOLI (AFP) - An assault on the Russian embassy in Tripoli that sparked the evacuation of its staff highlights a continued inability to protect diplomats that threatens Libya with renewed isolation, analysts say.
Wednesday evening's attack on the Russian compound triggered an exchange of fire in which two of the assailants were killed.
It came more than a year after ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an assault on the United States consulate in Libya's second city Benghazi.
Following the September 11, 2012 attack, which was blamed on Al-Qaeda sympathisers, the Libyan authorities promised urgent action to improve security but they have proved unable to guarantee protection for foreign diplomatic missions even in the capital.