Libyan general orders navy to confront ships entering waters

2017-08-03 19:05
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Cairo - The commander of Libya's self-styled national army in the east has ordered naval bases to confront any vessel entering the country's territorial waters without military permission.

A statement released by the forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter on Wednesday says the command was directed to eastern bases in Benghazi, Ras Lanuf, Tobruk, as well as the capital Tripoli, in the west, after an Italian patrol boat arrived there.

Italy sent the mission to help the coast guard curb the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, upon request by the UN-backed government in Tripoli.

Libya's eastern-based parliament, rivals to Tripoli and allied with Hifter, strongly opposed the move.

Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 civil war that toppled and killed dictator Moammar Gaddafi. It's now split between rival governments and militias.

Read more on:    un  |  libya  |  north africa
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