Attack on Libya's parliament strongly condemned by UN

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Martin Nesirky, UN spokesperson

The attack on Libya's parliament and the assault on its members on Sunday have been strongly condemned by the UN mission in the country.

According to reports, rioters armed with knives and guns stormed the premises of the General National Congress and torched furniture.

A guard was killed and six members of parliament were wounded in the attack.

Martin Nesirky is UN spokesperson in New York.

"The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) strongly condemns the attack on the General National Congress and the assault against its members, as well as the vandalizing of the premises. The Mission stresses the importance of respecting the legitimate institutions, rejecting violence in politics and guaranteeing the right to free expression through peaceful means. All of those principles ensure the proper continuation of a political process that can achieve a democratic transfer of power and preserve the security and stability of Libya." (29")

Libya's parliament has reportedly moved into a hotel in the capital, Tripoli following the attack.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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