Libyan Parliament Calls on Egypt to Protect National Security of Both Countries

Libya's Tobruk-based parliament. (AFP)
Libya's Tobruk-based parliament. (AFP)
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Libyan Parliament Calls on Egypt to Protect National Security of Both Countries

Libya's Tobruk-based parliament. (AFP)
Libya's Tobruk-based parliament. (AFP)

The east-based Libyan parliament granted on Tuesday the Egyptian armed forces the right to intervene to protect Egyptian and Libyan national security “if the need arose”.

In a statement, it said that the “joining of Libyan and Egyptian efforts will ensure the defeat of the invading occupier, preserve our joint national security and ensure the security and stability of our country and region.”

The Egyptian armed forces may intervene to protect Libyan and Egyptian national security “if they believed an imminent danger was threatening our nations.”

“Our repelling of invaders preserves Libya’s sovereignty, unity and resources against colonizers,” the parliament added.

“The parliament is the only legitimate elected representative of the Libyan people and it represents their free will,” it stressed.

In June, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered his army to be ready to carry out any mission inside or outside the country to protect its national security.

He said that Egypt’s national security is connected to the stability of regional countries.

“We will not allow any threat to our western borders,” he announced, while urging a ceasefire in Libya according to the current frontlines.

“Any direct Egyptian intervention in Libya will be aimed at reaching a ceasefire. Any direct Egyptian intervention is now legitimate,” he declared.

“If some people think that they can cross the Sirte-Jufra frontline, this is a red line for us”, he said before an audience that included some Libyan tribal leaders.



WHO Says Many People in Gaza Facing ‘Famine-like Conditions’

Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)
Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)
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WHO Says Many People in Gaza Facing ‘Famine-like Conditions’

Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)
Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that many people in Gaza were facing "catastrophic hunger and famine-like conditions".

"A significant proportion of Gaza's population is now facing catastrophic hunger and famine-like conditions," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

"Despite reports of increased delivery of food, there is currently no evidence that those who need it most are receiving sufficient quantity and quality of food."

Tedros said there were more than 8,000 children under five years old who have been diagnosed and treated for acute malnutrition, including 1,600 children with severe acute malnutrition.

"However, due to insecurity and lack of access, only two stabilization centers for severely malnourished patients can operate," he added.

"Our inability to provide health services safely, combined with the lack of clean water and sanitation, significantly increases the risk of malnourished children."

The war in Gaza began on Oct. 7 when fighters led by Hamas killed 1,200 Israelis and took more than 250 hostage, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel's response has caused the deaths of more than 37,000 Palestinians, according to the Gazan health ministry, displaced most of Gaza's population of 2.3 million and caused widespread hunger and destruction.

A UN inquiry on Wednesday found that both Israel and Hamas had committed war crimes early in the Gaza war, and that Israel's actions also constituted crimes against humanity because of the immense civilian losses.

Tedros also highlighted a separate health crisis in the West Bank, where he said healthcare had been targeted by nearly 500 attacks since Oct. 7.

"While the world's focus has been on Gaza, there is also an escalating health crisis in the West Bank, where attacks on healthcare and restrictions on movement of people are obstructing access to health services," he said.

"In most areas of the West Bank, clinics are only operating two days a week and hospitals are operating at about 70% capacity."