Libyan PM Sarraj warns that 800,000 migrants are set to try reach Europe

epa06374322 Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj attends a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (unseen), after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 07 December 2017. Among issues addressed in the press conference, were Libya's role in the Mediterranean refugee crisis and the statement of US President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. EPA-EFE/OMER MESSINGER

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Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera warned that 800,000 migrants and Libyans could ‘invade’ Italy from conflict-torn Libya. Among them, he said, were criminals and, above all, jihadists linked to ISIS.

He warned that the worsening of the situation in Libya could push this surge in migrants and appealed for immediate intervention. Sarraj thanked Italy for its mediation and support for peace in Libya.

In the meantime, Ghassan Salamé, the UN’s special envoy for Libya, on Monday accused Khalifa Haftar of conducting a coup attempt in Libya.

Dozens have been killed in the fighting since Haftar ordered his Libyan National Army forces to advance on Tripoli, where the UN-backed Government of National Accord under the leadership of Sarraj is located.

On Monday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte hosted Qatari Deputy Premier Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani to discuss the Libya crisis in Rome.

Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi on the same day met Libyan Deputy Premier Ahmed Maitig.

The toll from the fighting between forces loyal to Haftar and the UN-backed government in Tripoli rose to 147 dead and 614injured with 16,000 displaced.


Via Corriere della Sera/ ANSA

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