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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iraqis Refuse to Leave

Iraqi diplomats ordered out of Lebanon after diplomatic ties were cut are refusing to leave the embassy unless all its staff are granted safe conduct, foreign ministry sources said on Wednesday.

Lebanon has ordered the embassy closed by Friday. It has told all staff to leave except for a diplomat and a guard whose surrender it has demanded. The two are suspected of involvement in last week's killing of an Iraqi dissident in Beirut.

"Either all the embassy crew leaves Lebanon without anyone being arrested or noone will leave," one source quoted Iraqi charges d'affaires Awadh Fakhri as telling a senior foreign ministry official last night.