The Tunisian Consulate in the Libyan capital Tripoli was attacked Monday by a group of Libyans upset about the confiscation of some of their goods by Tunisian customs officials.
The office of Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh released a statement Tuesday which revealed that the attack targeted the consulate and that the Tunisian authorities alerted their Libyan counterparts.
The statement said the Libyan authorities immediately intervened and prevented the situation from deteriorating. The consulate was evacuated.
The Prime Minister’s office stated that the attackers were a group of Libyans whose merchandise was confiscated by Tunisian customs agents. The attackers protested the confiscation of the goods they were transporting across the border and demanded their return.
The Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Libyan Cooperation visited the Tunisian Consulate, according to the statement which stated the visit was “an appreciated initiative that reflects the good nature of the relationship between Tunisia and Libya.”
The statement also explained there is an open case to determine the legal status of the confiscated goods in question and a sentence is to be issued soon.
The attack did not cause any casualties among the staff of the general consulate.