The Address | Benghazi – Libya
LONDON – Minister of State of the Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alistair Burt, expressed yesterday via Twitter his concerns about “escalating tensions” in south of Libya.
Burt said he urges “all parties to refrain from actions that exacerbate the situation” and undermine UN Envoy Ghassan Salamé’s work to convene Libyan National Conference.
Concerned about escalating tensions in South of Libya. Urge all parties to refrain from actions that exacerbate the situation & undermine UN Envoy Salamé’s work to convene Libyan National Conference.
— Rt Hon Alistair Burt (@AlistairBurtUK) February 9, 2019
The Libyan National Army (LNA) conducted yesterday a warning strike on plane that was preparing to land in El-Feel oilfield in Murzuq Basin, southwest of Libya. Three days prior to the incident, the Libyan National Army declared the southern region as a no-fly zone.
The Presidential Council of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) issued a statement denouncing LNA’s strike. GNA said the plane was carrying wounded people whom were about to be transported to Tripoli. GNA did not explain why it made the decision to risk these people’s lives by flying them to Tripoli despite knowing that such act would violate LNA’s prohibited airspace.