Haftar forces' fighter jet downed near libya capital, says unity government

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 15, 2019

Sisi has been an ardent supporter of Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Accord (LNA), which control swathes of eastern Libya and launched an offensive on 4 April to take the capital where the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) is based.

Pro-government forces said they were "searching for the pilot", he added. No further details were available.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday condemned attacks on civilian areas and institutions in the Libyan capital Tripoli, which is witnessing violent battles between the UN-backed government forces and the eastern-based army.

The front lines were mostly calm on Sunday morning but military sources said in the afternoon that an eastern Libyan warplane crashed in southern Tripoli.

Hifter has vowed to unify the country after years of chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. He was referring to eastern officials allied to the Tripoli government.

More than 13,500 people had been displaced by the clashes, including 4,000 in the past 24 hours, and more than 900 residents are living in shelters, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Saturday.

As well as fighting on the ground, the two sides have launched daily air raids and accuse each other of targeting civilians.

The eruption of conflict has forced the United Nations to abandon its plans for a conference aimed at brokering agreement on a roadmap towards elections as part of a solution to the long-running crisis.

Libya's National Accord Government headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj said its forces shot down a fighter jet belonging to forces of commander Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli on Sunday.

During the meeting, El-Sisi affirmed Egypt's support for the efforts to combat terrorism and extremist groups and militias in order to achieve security and stability for the Libyan citizen in all the country's territory to establish the foundations of a stable and sovereign civil state.

The presidency released photos showing Haftar, dressed in a blue suit, sitting with Sisi and his head of intelligence Abbas Kamel.

On Saturday, the Tripoli-based Interior Minister of the Presidential Council's government Fathi Bashagha accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of reportedly sending Haftar military support in "clear violation of the global law". "You've learned and tasted war".

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