Embassy of Libya, London

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The Embassy of Libya in London is the diplomatic mission of Libya in the United Kingdom.[1] Libya also maintains a Consular & Cultural Affairs Section at 61-62 Ennismore Gardens, Knightsbridge and a Medical Office at 22 Red Lion Street, Bloomsbury.[1]

Embassy of Libya in London
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LocationKnightsbridge, London
Address15 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LY
Coordinates51°30′8.4″N 0°9′14.4″W / 51.502333°N 0.154000°W / 51.502333; -0.154000Coordinates: 51°30′8.4″N 0°9′14.4″W / 51.502333°N 0.154000°W / 51.502333; -0.154000
AmbassadorChargé d’Affairs, Mr. Salah Mreheel

The former embassy which was named as Libyan People's Bureau was formerly located in the St James's district and was frequently targeted by protesters opposed to the rule of Muammar Gaddafi. On 17 April 1984, shots were fired from the embassy towards protesters on St James's Square, injuring ten and killing a British police officer, Yvonne Fletcher.[2] With the subsequent siege of the embassy by armed police and expelling of those inside,[3] diplomatic relations with Libya were broken off and were not resumed until 1999, whereupon the embassy was moved to its current location in Knightsbridge.

The embassy was again the focus of attention in 2011 during the Libyan Civil War. There were several protests in the early part of the year[4] against the Gaddafi government's crackdown on protesters in Benghazi, culminating in the occupation of the embassy's roof and the swapping of the flag with that of the National Transitional Council (now the current Libyan flag).[5] In July of that year the British government expelled the existing embassy staff and formally recognised the NTC as the sole legitimate authority in Libya.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "The London Diplomatic List" (PDF). 14 December 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Libyan embassy shots kill policewoman". BBC. 17 April 1984.
  3. ^ "The Bloody History of London's Infamous Libyan Embassy". Time. 24 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Gaddafi protests outside Libyan embassy in London". BBC News. 20 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Protesters occupy Libyan embassy roof in London". 16 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Foreign Secretary welcomes re-opening of Libyan Embassy". 9 August 2011.