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U.S. Embassy in Lebanon Suspect in Gunfire, Spokesman Says

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A spokeswoman for the American Embassy in Lebanon stated Thursday that shots had been fired outside the building despite the high level of security.

The gate to the U.S. Embassy came under fire around 10:37 p.m. local time on Wednesday, according to reports.

There were no reported injuries, and everything is all right here. “We are in close contact with law enforcement authorities in the host country,” said Jake Nelson, a spokesperson for the Embassy.

The American Embassy lies in Awkar, a northern suburb of Beirut.

The entrance of the embassy reportedly came under fire from an unknown assailant armed with a machine gun, as reported by local media.

In 1983, a suicide bomber assaulted the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people, including 52 American and Lebanese personnel. This April commemorated the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.

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