Haftar forces 'expect' Egypt action in Libya

"We're expecting and waiting for the Egyptian army to launch a military operation inside Libyan territory in a show of support by Egypt," Haftar spokesman Mohamed Hegazi said.

Haftar forces 'expect' Egypt action in Libya

World Bulletin / News Desk

Forces loyal to renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar are "expecting and waiting for" Egyptian military action in Libya to support the general's ongoing campaign against armed militias, a Haftar spokesman has said.

"We're expecting and waiting for the Egyptian army to launch a military operation inside Libyan territory in a show of support by Egypt," Haftar spokesman Mohamed Hegazi told Anadolu Agency.

Haftar, once an opponent of late Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, recently declared war on Benghazi-based militias, some of which were absorbed into the regular army following Gaddafi's 2011 ouster and death.

"I would be the first to welcome such military assistance, carried out with the aim of combating terrorism," Hegazi said.

However, he added, such action should be "governed by agreed-upon plans and on condition that Libya's internal affairs aren't interfered with."

The Egyptian government has yet to comment on Hegazi's remarks, but Egypt's Foreign Ministry has repeatedly dismissed "attempts to drag Egypt into Libya's domestic affairs."

Egyptian President-elect Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said last month that he had a "formula" for restoring stability to the violence-wracked North African country.

In an interview with the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television channel on Wednesday, al-Sisi said that current developments in Libya "will lead to the collapse of the Libyan state."

The former Egyptian army chief said the West had a responsibility to "collect weapons in Libya and rebuild the security agencies there."

Al-Sisi went on to refer to "a formula for restoring stability to Libya" but declined to provide further details.

Haftar supporters, opponents clash in Tripoli; 2 injured

Clashes erupted on Friday between supporters and opponents of renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar in capital Tripoli, leaving two injured, eyewitnesses said.

According to witnesses, dozens of anti-Haftar demonstrators gathered in central Tripoli's Shuhada Square before a group of his supporters staged a rival rally at the same site.

Scuffles broke out before gunfire was heard in the square. Two anti-Haftar demonstrators were shot and injured in the clashes, eyewitnesses said.

Haftar, once an opponent of late Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, recently declared war on Benghazi-based militias, some of which were absorbed into the regular army following Gaddafi's 2011 ouster and death.

Recent clashes between Haftar's forces and armed militiamen have left scores dead in the flashpoint city.

Haftar says his anti-militia campaign, dubbed "Operation Dignity," aims to "purge" Libya of "extremists."

Libya's government, however, has called the general's move a "coup" against constitutional legitimacy.

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