Egypt's Sissi meets Libyan strongman Haftar in Cairo

Egypt's Sissi meets Libyan strongman Haftar in Cairo

Egypt's Sissi meets Libyan strongman Haftar in Cairo

On Saturday, the Tripoli-based Interior Minister of the Presidential Council's government Fathi Bashagha accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of reportedly sending Haftar military support in "clear violation of the worldwide law".

Haftar's forces, which control swathes of the country's east, have defied global calls to halt their battle against fighters loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.

Sisi, a former army chief, has led a far-reaching crackdown on Islamists with Egypt and has blamed Libya-based militants for some cross-border attacks.

Analysts believe the campaign on Tripoli could potentially reignite large-scale fighting among the country's rival powers and undermine worldwide efforts to reunite the fractured North African nation.

The Libyan commander has modeled his political style of authoritarian leadership after Sissi, himself an army general turned president.

Since the overthrow and death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been ruled by rival administrations in the east and west of the vast, oil-rich country.

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"The World Health Organization strongly condemns repeated attacks on healthcare workers, vehicles and facilities", WHO tweeted'.

Fighting in recent days has been taking place on the outskirts of Tripoli as LNA forces have been bogged down by groups aligned with the Government of National Accord (GNA).

"Three medical personnel have been killed and five ambulances have been incapacitated by shrapnel", OCHA said in a Saturday statement.

At least 15,700 people have been forced to flee their homes because of the conflict, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), with a "significant number" of others still stuck in live conflict zones.

The UN said on Sunday that a school was bombed in Ain Zara southwest of Tripoli, without saying who was responsible.

Bashagha told a United States-based Arabic language TV channel on Friday that they received information about an aircraft that came from UAE and landed in Benghazi's Benina Airport with military equipment for Haftar's forces in violation of the UN arms embargo. He was referring to eastern officials allied to the Tripoli government. Both sides have carried our airstrikes in the town, and a spokesman for the Libyan National Army said it has stepped up airstrikes on its rivals in the past two days.

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