TRIPOLI, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Indiscriminate shells on Tuesday hit the headquarters of the U.S. embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, as clashes continue between government forces and militias, according to a security source.
"An unknown number of indiscriminate shells hit the U.S. Embassy building in Tripoli. The damage of the fire caused by the missiles remains unknown," a source of the Interior Ministry told the Xinhua.
"The firefighters cannot reach the building, because it is located in the near Tripoli International Airport on the southern outskirts of the capital, where clashes broke out again," the source said, noting that the embassy building is currently empty.
Southern Tripoli has been witnessing violent clashes since last week between government forces and armed militias, which killed and injured many people.
The reasons for the clashes remain unknown, with growing tensions and military mobilization over the past few days between armed groups from outside and inside the city.