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Tunisia Cautions East Libya Government Against Use of Airspace in Fighting – FM

Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche said Tunisia cautioned the government in east Libya not to use its airspace in fighting.

This follows the incursion Wednesday of an aircraft belonging to Gen. Hafter troops in the Tunisian airspace, the minister said at a press conference held Thursday.

He pointed out that he had tasked the Secretary of State for Arab and African Affairs with summoning the chargeacute d’affaires of the eastern Libya government to express Tunisia’s opposition to the use of its airspace in fighting.

The MiG-23 fighter jet was targeting Fajr Libya on the border with Tunisia and had no intention of attacking the country, he pointed out. In addition, it was there for a few seconds when the Air Force intercepted and ordered it to leave.

In this connection, the minister said a drone recently overflew the governorate of Kasserine as part of “an intelligence operation in cooperation with Europe to counter terrorism.”

The drone is also used to train Tunisians to operate such aircraft, he added.

Spokesman for the Ministry of National Defence Lieutenant-Colonel Belhassen Oueslati said a plane without markings made Wednesday an incursion of 4 km into the Tunisian airspace. It was flying 3000m above sea level at a speed of 660 Kmh.

Source : Tunis Afrique Presse