Archimandrite Joachim of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria and all Africa was attacked on May 5 at St. George Church in Tripoli. An unknown gunman opened fire on the priest while the latter was standing in the church yard. Fortunately, the priest was not wounded.
The congregation at St. George parish is mostly Greek, while some are Russian or of other Eastern European origin. The diplomatic missions of Greece and Cyprus have filed a protest with the government of Libya, demanding protection.