Haftar forces threaten to hit civilian planes in Libya

A security guard is seen reflected on a window's car as Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar leaves after his meeting with Greek Foreign Ministrer Dendias in Athens, Greece, on the 17 January 2020. . EPA-EFE/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

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The Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency is reporting that forces loyal to Libya’s commander Khalifa Haftar Wednesday declared Libya’s capital of Tripoli and its surrounding areas as a “no-fly zone” and threatened to hit civilian planes.

Ahmed Al-Mismari, spokesman for Haftar forces, said on social media forces declared the off-limit area from Giryan, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of the capital city, to Terhune city, 90 kilometres southeast (56 miles) and to the Tripoli beach, including Mitiga Airport in the capital.

He said all planes in the declared area would be a “legitimate” target.

The militias bombed the Mitiga International Airport with six Grad missiles earlier Wednesday.

On Jan. 12, parties in Libya announced a cease-fire in response to a joint call by the Turkish and Russian leaders. But talks for a permanent cease-fire deal ended without an agreement after Haftar left Moscow without signing the deal.

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