Rival Libya govt urges foreigners to return to Tripoli

Municipality workers clean up the debris as Libyan security forces inspect the scene of a car bombing outside the United Arab Emirates embassy building in Tripoli on November 13, 2014Libya’s Islamist-backed rival government called Sunday for diplomats and foreign firms to return to Tripoli, pledging to protect them despite an attack on the empty home of the Swiss ambassador. “We call on diplomatic missions and foreign firms to return to Tripoli,” the government of self-declared prime minister Omar al-Hassi said in a statement. “Foreigners who reside in Libya enjoy the same protection the state offers to its citizens,” it said. On Friday gunmen broke into the residence of the Swiss ambassador in Tripoli and looted the uninhabited house, before chased away by security forces.

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