Libya: Haftar Forces Deny Extremists Fled to Derna

Libyan forces denied that extremists had fled Benghazi from Derna. (Reuters)
Libyan forces denied that extremists had fled Benghazi from Derna. (Reuters)
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Libya: Haftar Forces Deny Extremists Fled to Derna

Libyan forces denied that extremists had fled Benghazi from Derna. (Reuters)
Libyan forces denied that extremists had fled Benghazi from Derna. (Reuters)

A Libyan military official denied on Saturday claims that extremists had fled Benghazi to the northeastern city of Derna.

The army had blocked the road against terrorist groups that were present in Sidi Ekhribish, said Merhi al-Houti, who is affiliated with the forces of military commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar

He denied allegations that those extremists had escaped to Derna.

The region has been completely liberated from terrorist organizations, he stressed.

The clashes there have ended, he added.

A resident of Derna told Asharq Al-Awsat that a number of supporters of the so-called “Shura Council of the Derna Mujahedeen” drove around the city to fool the people into believing that the Benghazi fighters had arrived.

He denied however that such fighters were present in the city.

Special forces had announced on Wednesday that they had seized control of Sidi Ekhribish, putting an end to military operations there.



US Military: Houthis Targeted Liberian-Flagged Vessel in Red Sea

File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)
File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)
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US Military: Houthis Targeted Liberian-Flagged Vessel in Red Sea

File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)
File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)

The US Military said on Wednesday that the Houthis have launched an unmanned surface vessel (USV) from their controlled areas in Yemen to strike a Liberian-flagged ship in the Red Sea.
In a statement, the Military said that a Houthi USV struck M/V Tutor, a Liberian flagged, Greek owned and operated vessel, in the Red Sea.
“The impact of the USV caused severe flooding and damage to the engine room,” the statement added.
In the past 24 hours, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) forces successfully destroyed three anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) launchers in a Houthi controlled area of Yemen and one uncrewed aerial system (UAS) launched from a Houthi controlled area of Yemen over the Red Sea, the Military also said.
Houthis also launched two anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM) from their controlled areas of Yemen over the Red Sea, it said, adding there were no injuries or damages reported.