Egypt hosts conference on Libya
Egypt on Monday is to host a meeting of foreign ministers of Libya and its neighbours, as Islamist militias openly challenge the legitimacy of parliament after seizing Tripoli’s airport.
Almost three years after a Nato-backed revolt ousted strongman Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been roiled by fighting between ex-rebels who have formed militias.
The meeting in Cairo on Monday will include the foreign ministers of Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad and Niger, the Egyptian foreign ministry said.
Fajr Libya, a coalition of Islamist militias, on Saturday announced the capture of Tripoli’s battered international airport from nationalist militiamen.
Meanwhile, unidentified war planes attacked targets in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Sunday, residents said.
Tripoli residents heard jets followed by explosions at dawn but no more details were immediately available.
Egypt’s president denied any military involvement in Libya. President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi made his comments during a meeting with editors of Egyptian newspapers and media. They came in response to accusations a day earlier by Islamist militias in Tripoli, who blamed Egypt for a series of mysterious airstrikes Saturday and last Monday.