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Libyan Newswire

ITALY READY TO FIGHT IS IN LIBYA – FM

ROME, Feb 14- Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Friday that his nation is ready to take military action against Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya who have taken over the city of Sirte on the Mediterranean.

The news that Sirte has been taken over comes as a source of deep concern for Italy, which feels it is threatened by the situation in the north African nation, the shores of which are only 200 nautical miles away, he said.

IS’s intention to take over Rome should not be underestimated, he told the Italian public in a televised address.

If international mediation efforts between Libyan sides fail, the UN needs to think of what more needs to be done, he said, underlining that Italy is ready to fight under the framework of international legitimacy.

Italians residing in Libya have been ordered by their embassy to immediately abandon the country due to the ever intensifying conflict and rapidly deteriorating security situation there.

SOURCE: KUNA

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