Former official at Libya embassy in Egypt raids Libyan consulate HQ in Alexandria

Former official at Libya embassy in Egypt raids Libyan consulate HQ in Alexandria

April 18, 2018 - 21:42
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Libya's consul in Alexandria Adel Al-Hassi said the ex-consul Mohammed Al-Dressi along with some of his relatives and two diplomats who work in the consulate raided its headquarters and seized it early Tuesday.

"Three Libyan security personnel were injured, one is in serious condition after being cut with a knife. The ex-consul-led mob seized the HQ and took the documents." Al-Hassi explained to the press.

He also urged Egyptian authorities to deport the attackers back to Libya and to hand him the HQ of the consulate as he is the legitimate consul, pointing out that the Presidential Council sent a letter to Egypt demanding lifting the diplomatic impunity of Al-Dressi after he attacked Cairo-based Libyan embassy earlier.

The PC Head's spokesman, Mohammed El Sallak, confirmed in a presser on Tuesday that Interim-Government-appointed Al-Dressi was the one who led the mob in attacking the consulate.

El Sallak told reporters that the foreign ministry is following up on the situation in coordination with the Egyptian authorities, condemning the "heinous act."

Al-Dressi, meanwhile, told Al-Bayda-based Libyan News Agency that he resumed work from his office in Alexandria, adding he assumed office without any hindrances from the employees in there.

Libya's Cairo-based embassy and Alexandria-based consulate have been the battlefield between those appointed by the PC and by the Interim government in eastern Libya, with no clear action by Egyptian authorities, which have been swaying between accrediting PC's consuls and regaining accreditation of eastern government's diplomats.

Observers see such an act, where Egyptian authorities stood idly by, in line with Khalifa Haftar's illness or death is an indication of a change in agenda for Egypt in Libya after losing its ally in Libya "Haftar."