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Libya, Jordan embroiled over embassy burning

The Jordanian government charged that agents paid by the Libyan government stormed Jordan's Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday and burned it to the ground.

Jordan's Prime Minister Ahmed Obeidat Monday condemned the embassy burning as a premeditated criminal act and said that Jordan had lodged a strong protest with the Libyan government.

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Libya has not acknowledged that the embassy was burned.

Jordanian Ambassador Sami Shamayleh and his staff escaped from the burning building ''with great difficulty'' but were unharmed, state-run Jordanian television said. It said the building was destroyed.

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