Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Egypt UAE carried out Tripoli air strikesUS officials  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 26/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - Arab News) WASHINGTON: Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were responsible for carrying out two series of air strikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in Tripoli Libya US officials said on Monday.

The officials said the two Arab countries used aircraft based in Egypt.

Earlier the New York Times reported that the two US allies acted without consulting Washington and that Egyptian officials told US diplomats that Cairo was not involved. Egypt has denied conducting air strikes or other military operations in Libya.

Over the weekend Tripoli residents said unidentified war planes attacked targets in the capital as Libya is riven by the worst fighting since the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. There were also strikes on Islamist-held positions last Monday.

Libya's ambassador to the United Nations Ibrahim Dabbashi was skeptical about Egypt and UAE involvement.

'I don't believe it' he told Reuters in New York.

'They are not even technically capable and it would also be a very sensitive thing for them politically' he said. He declined to speculate on who else might have been behind the air strikes.

Rebel forces from the Libyan city of Misratahad already blamed the air strikes on Egypt and the United Arab Emirates both of which have cracked down on Islamists.

The Times quoted US officials as saying Egypt had provided launching bases for the strikes while the pilots warplanes and aerial refueling planes were from the UAE.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to address the report when asked about it on Monday at a regular State Department briefing in Washington.

'I am not in a position to provide any additional information on these strikes' she said clarifying that she was referring to the reports of air strikes.

Psaki said: 'Libya's challenges are political and violence will not resolve them. Our focus is on the political process there. We believe outside interference exacerbates current divisions and undermines Libya's democratic transition.

In the campaign to overthrow Qaddafi fighters from Zintan and Misrata were comrades-in-arms. But they later fell out and this year have turned parts of Tripoli into a battlefield with the weak government unable to control the armed factions.

(Reporting by Peter Cooney in Washington and Lou Charbonneau in New York; Editing by David Storey and Gunna Dickson)


Arab News

  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 21 2016 - Loan demand in UAE to grow in Q4MENAFN
(MENAFN) The demand for lending by businesses is predicted to grow in the last quarter of this year after facing a decline from March to Sep end period.Moreover, 40 percent respondents see demand for ...

 Oct 21 2016 - Egypt's economy to grow by 3.5pctMENAFN
(MENAFN) Egypt's economy will grow to 3.5 percent in the 2016-2017 years, missing the government"s target of almost 5 percent.The country has been struggling to stimulate its economy amid severe ...

 Oct 21 2016 - Saudi's Kingdom Holding posts 38.3pct fall in profitMENAFN
(MENAFN) Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding recorded a 38.3 percent decline in third quarter net profit.Moreover, the firm's revenue reached USD48.0mn in the cited period, against 291.5mn riyals a year ...

 Oct 21 2016 - Pause in strikes on Aleppo holds into second day AFPGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) A pause in Russian and Syrian strikes on Aleppo was holding for a second day yesterday, ahead of a brief unilateral ceasefire aimed at allowing civilians and rebels to quit the ...

 Oct 21 2016 - 'East Aleppo ceasefire has begun, promises safe exit'Gulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) * Syrian army says corridors opened for rebels and civilians * Rebels say preparations under way for major assault on army The Syrian military said on Thursday a ...

 Oct 21 2016 - Lebanon detains 8 Syrians for plotting attacksGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Lebanon has detained eight Syrians accused of plotting suicide bomb attacks at popular tourist spots and on Lebanon's United Nations peacekeeping force, Lebanon's intelligence ...

 Oct 21 2016 - Missiles fromYemen injures Saudi civiliansGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) A number of civilians in the southern Saudi Arabian province of Jazan have been injured by missiles fired from Yemen, the Saudi civil defense unit was quoted as saying by the ...

 Oct 21 2016 - Deadly Turkish raids on US-backed Kurd fightersGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Turkish warplanes carried out deadly strikes on US-backed militias in northern Syria, including Syrian Kurdish fighters, a monitor said Thursday, action that is likely to raise ...

 Oct 21 2016 - Use truce to leave Aleppo, junta tells local residentsGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) A 'humanitarian pause” in the Syrian army";s Russian-backed assault on Aleppo took effect yesterday, but despite a drop in violence there was little sign residents were ...

 Oct 21 2016 - For Kenya's child brides, school offers a break from traditionMuscat Daily
(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Halima's future at 13 was foretold: A pastoralist's daughter, she was married to a man 12 years her senior. Next would surely come the first of many pregnancies, and a life ...





Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help