Libya denies reports on 'anti-Egypt army'

"There are no camps of Egyptian militants on Libyan territories," army spokesman Ali al-Sheikhi told Anadolu Agency.

Libya denies reports on 'anti-Egypt army'

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Libyan army on Thursday denied Egyptian media reports about the presence of training camps for militant groups that seek to topple Egypt's regime.

"There are no camps of Egyptian militants on Libyan territories," army spokesman Ali al-Sheikhi told Anadolu Agency.

Local Egyptian media accused militants affiliated with Al-Qaeda group and allied with the Muslim Brotherhood of established training camps in Libya's eastern desert.

The Egyptian media claim that the militants, boasting the rubric "Free Egyptian Army", plan to overthrow the ruling regime in Egypt.

"We can't allow interference in Egyptian affairs," Al-Sheikhi said, calling for providing evidence to the Libyan government on the claims.

"The Libyan government and army would not take these issues lightly," he said.

"We would not allow using our territories to undermine security or authorities in Egypt," the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, lieutenant colonel Mohamed al-Habouni, the deputy chief of Imsaad crossing on the border between Egypt and Libya, denied reports about the entry of militants opposed to the current authorities in Egypt into Libya.

He said the Egyptian media reports boiled down to the participation of Libya's Brotherhood in the country's current rule.

"This is why it is rumored to be supporting the Brotherhood in Egypt against the current authorities," al-Habouni told AA.

Colonel Suleiman Hamed, the head of the military council in the southeastern city of Kufra, also said military personnel patrol the desert regularly and that they had not seen any non-Libyan militants.

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