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03/31/2022 Libya (International Christian Concern) – After a February 15 court hearing, the Union Church in Tripoli received official court orders to vacate and be evicted from their place of worship. For 51 years, the Union Church and three other Protestant multi-national churches have utilized the building for worship gatherings, according to Middle East Concern.

The current rental property was returned to the heirs of the original owners by a 2011 government committee after the Ghaddafi regime had expropriated the land from others in 1970. At the time, Union Church had its own rental agreement, which was then confiscated by the government, and they were provided their current meeting place, which had also been expropriated.

The new owners submitted a court request to evict the church in December 2020. The church has sought to find an agreement by renting the building back from them for one year and then purchasing the property. Despite the high cost, the church was able to raise money for a down payment. However, now they face banking issues transferring money. The Union Church appealed the February verdict in hopes of rectifying the banking challenges first.

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