Libya general orders navy to confront ships entering waters

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 03 Aug 2017, 22:56:16
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Libya general orders navy to confront ships entering waters

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 Haftar 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 Haftar, strongly opposed the move.

Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 civil war that toppled and killed dictator Muammar Qaddafi. It’s now split between rival governments and militias, according to AP.

 
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