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Egypt’s Sisi Receives Libya’s Haftar in Cairo

Egypt’s Sisi Receives Libya’s Haftar in Cairo

Sunday, 14 April, 2019 - 09:45
LNA forces are seen in Ain Zara, south of Tripoli, Libya April 11, 2019. (Reuters)
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Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi received in Cairo on Sunday commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar, announced Sisi’s spokesman.

The discussions focused on the developments in Libya, he added.

Last week, the LNA launched an operation against Tripoli to cleanse the capital of terrorist and criminal gangs.

Earlier, the UN health agency announced that fighting between the LNA and forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) has left at least 121 people dead.

The World Health Organization added that 561 others have been wounded since LNA launched its operation on April 4.

WHO's Libya account said on Twitter the organization was sending medical supplies and more staff to Tripoli, and denounced "repeated attacks on health care workers, vehicles" during the fighting.

The UN office for humanitarian affairs said more than 13,500 people had been displaced by the clashes, while more than 900 residents are living in shelters.

Separately, LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari announced Saturday that the military controls 95 percent of Libya’s oil fields and ports.

He criticized National Oil Corporation head Mustafa Sanalla for exploiting the conflict in order preserve oil production, while “forgetting that 95 percent of the oil fields are under LNA control.”

“Oil is no longer an excuse to call on the international community to fight the LNA,” he declared.

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