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Footage Shows Libya Militia swimming at US Compound in Libya

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An Islamist militia has reportedly seized a U.S. Embassy residence in Tripoli, although U.S. officials cautioned that they have been unable to confirm the takeover. The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones, acknowledged on Twitter Sunday that an online video of a building overrun by crowds of people "appears to be a residential annex of the U.S. Mission." But she added that she could not confirm this. "To my knowledge & per recent photos the US Embassy Tripoli chancery & compound is now being safeguarded and has not been ransacked," she wrote on Twitter. A State Department spokeswoman, Katherine Pfaff, said Sunday she had no information on the alleged seizure. The video posted shows unarmed men playing in a pool at the compound, jumping into it from a second-story balcony. Voices heard in the video identified it as the U.S. Embassy compound. An Associated Press journalist reported walking through the two-story structure Sunday -- its windows broken -- after an umbrella group for Islamist militias, Dawn of Libya, invited onlookers inside. The journalist reported seeing treadmills, food, televisions and computers still inside. The alleged seizure occurs a month after American personnel were evacuated because of growing violence in Libya. Sept. 12 will be the two-year anniversary of the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and there other Americans in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city. A commander for the Dawn of Libya group, Moussa Abu-Zaqia, told the AP that his forces had entered and been in control of the compound since last week, a day after it has seized control of the capital and its international airport after weeks of fighting with a rival militia. Abu-Zaqia said the rival militia was in the compound before his troops took it over. The Dawn of Libya militia is not associated with the extremist militia Ansar al-Shariah, which Washington blames for the deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, that killed Stevens and the three other Americans.