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
 Sep 26 2016 - The Euromoney Kuwait Conference: Meeting the Challenge of Financial Innovation and ReformMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Kuwait City - 27 September The 8th annual Euromoney Kuwait Conference takes place today on 27 September 2016, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Kuwait City. Co-hosted by the Ministry of ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Oil Industry Must Focus on Sustainability, Says Top Petroleum Development Oman ExecutiveMENAFN Press
(MENAFN Press) Ms Intisaar Al Kindi to Represent Innovative Oman Oil Producer at Middle East’s Largest Oil & Gas Event Industry Transition and Resilience Set the Agenda for ADIPEC 2016 Abu ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Moderate quakes rattle Japan no injuries or damage reportedSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) TOKYO, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah,1437 AH, 26 September,2016 , SPA -- A pair of moderate earthquakes rattled northern and southern Japan on Monday, but there were no immediate ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Pakistan launches polio vaccination drive amid tight securitySaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Islamabad, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah,1437 AH, 26 September,2016 , SPA -- Pakistan on Monday launched a three-day national anti-polio campaign to vaccinate around 37 million ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Israeli occupation forces open fire on Palestinian homes in GazaSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Gaza city, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah, 1437,September 26, 2016, SPA -- Israeli occupation forces targeted and opened fire on Palestinian homes, east of Khan Yunis in the southern ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participates in International Conference on Atomic Energy in ViennaSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Vienna, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah, 1437,September 26, 2016, SPA -- The International Conference on Atomic Energy today opened its 60th session in the Austrian capital Vienna. ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Governor of Jeddah receives US Consul General in JeddahSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Jeddah, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah, 1437,September 26, 2016, SPA -- Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah, received here today United States Consul General in ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Saudi- Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Receives Poland's AmbassadorSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah, 1437,September 26, 2016, SPA -- Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of the National Guard, received here today Ambassador of ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Chinese stocks close below 3,000-mark after period of stabilitySaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Beijing, Dhu-AlHijjah 25, 1437, September 26, 2016, SPA -- Chinese shares fell below the symbolic 3,000-point mark on Monday, following months of greater stability and ...

 Sep 26 2016 - Saudi Food and Drug Authority bans import of poultry meat and eggs from TogoSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh, 25 Dhu-AlHijjah,1437 AH, 26 September,2016 , SPA -- Saudi Food and Drug Authority has imposed a temporary ban on the import of poultry meat, eggs and their ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

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