Libya coast directive reflects discord
CAIRO — The commander of Libya’s self-styled national army in the country’s east has ordered naval and air forces to confront any vessel that enters the country’s territorial waters without permission. The directive came after Italy began a naval mission, at the behest of the U.N.backed government in western Libya, to help stem migration along a popular route.
The move was emblematic of unresolved tensions between the two Libyan rival leaders, Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter and Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, who promised to cooperate at a meeting last week outside Paris.
In two statements released by Hifter’s army on its Facebook page late Wednesday, Hifter sent his command to the air force and to eastern naval bases in Benghazi, Ras Lanuf, Tobruk, as well as to the capital, Tripoli, in the west. The command, which excluded authorized trade ships, was sent after an Italian patrol boat arrived off the coast.
A firefighter sprays down a building Thursday as a wildfire burns near Kalyvia, a seaside town in Greece. Three firefighters have been hospitalized with burns and authorities have ordered people to evacuate.