Tripoli forces control Libya's coastal cities: Commander

Libya's Tripoli-based parliament's forces remain in control of all cities across the Libyan coast

Tripoli forces control Libya's coastal cities: Commander

World Bulletin / News Desk

Forces loyal to Libya's Tripoli-based parliament claim to have assumed control over all cities on Libya's coast, while dismissing any link with armed groups.

"Our forces remain in control of all cities across the Libyan coast," military commander Salem Borawi told The Anadolu Agency on Friday.

He said all citizens and institutions in the cities currently under the control of Tripoli forces were secured.

Borawi dismissed any link between the Islamist "Fajr Libya" forces and armed groups.

"We are fighting terrorism and extremism in Libya," he said, going on to call on the international community to provide support to his forces.

The military commander called on forces loyal to recently-installed Army Chief Khalifa Haftar – whose troops have been battling forces loyal to the Tripoli government – to lay down their arms.

Libya has been dogged by political instability since Muammar Gaddafi's 2011 ouster and death.

In the more than three years since, rival militias have frequently clashed in Libya's main cities, including Tripoli and Benghazi. The central government, meanwhile, has remained largely absent from the scene.

The sharp political divisions have yielded two rival seats of government, each of which has its own institutions.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Mart 2015, 15:40
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