Image of UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Libya’s Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar [wam.ae]
The Interior Minister of the Libyan Presidential Council, Fathi Bashagha, has accused two Arab states of bombing the capital Tripoli on Saturday.
“The accuracy of the air strikes on Tripoli point to warplanes owned by only two Arab countries,” Bashagha said during a press conference in Tunisia, adding that one of the countries “intervene in Libyan affairs”.
The Libyan minister said as many as five people were killed and 27 were wounded by a missile fired by the aircrafts”.
On Tuesday, a military adviser in General Khalifa Haftar’s forces revealed that Egyptian, Emirati and French military forces as well as security advisers are currently present in eastern Libya, to support Haftar’s campaign against Tripoli and protect oil fields from attacked by government forces.
“The war in Tripoli was not started by our government, we found ourselves in a position where we must defend democracy and civil state,” Bashagha explained.
The Libyan minister called on France to respect its democratic values and not interfere in Libyan affairs.
Supporters of the internationally recognised Government of National Accords in Tripoli said an Emirati drone has carried out previous air strikes, noting that the UAE and Egypt have helped Haftar in the past.