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Libyans take over embassy in protest at hospital costs

A group of around 30 Libyan nationals late on Sunday occupied the premises of the Libyan Embassy in Athens, taking hostage a mission employee, in protest at the suspension of the healthcare they had been receiving from Greek private hospitals in recent months.

The protesters, believed to be Libyan freedom fighters injured in their country last year before being transferred to Greece for treatment, withdrew from the embassy after police negotiators won them round and secured the safe release of the employee.

According to police, the protesters were demanding the embassy’s intervention to cover their costs.

Last month the Greek hospitals stopped treating them due to a mounting unpaid bill.

The problem began last November, when the new Libyan government took over paying the hospital bills, previously covered by Qatar.

ekathimerini.com , Monday June 4, 2012 (19:31)  
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