Libya denies 23 Egyptians killed in Tripoli rocket attack
Libyan army soldiers - REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
By NOURHAN MAGDI

CAIRO: The Libyan Ministry of Interior Monday denied media reports claiming that 23 Egyptian nationals were killed in a Saturday rocket attack on a house in southern Tripoli, according to a statement on the ministry’s official Facebook page.

The statement said the news is unfounded, only one Egyptian was among the injured and that he was transferred to a hospital.

Numerous Egyptian and international outlets carried news of the rocket attack and the 23 killed Egyptians.

Sunday, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the attack, and demanded the Libyan government investigate the incident and immediately hold perpetrators of the crime accountable, according to a statement on the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s Facebook page.

Tripoli has been experiencing intensified fighting between rival militias and special forces over the last two weeks, which has led to at least 97 deaths and 404 injuries, reported DPA.

As reported Monday by Reuters, two rival brigades of former rebels fighting for control of Tripoli International Airport have pounded each other’s positions with grad rockets and artillery fire for two weeks, turning the south of the capital into a battlefield. The airport was shut down and flights halted.

A number of diplomats and missions have been evacuated from Libya and many countries have issued travel warnings.

A statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry urged all Egyptian nationals in Benghazi and Tripoli to move to safer areas inside Libya or to the Libyan-Tunisian border, where they can return back to Egypt through ongoing coordination with Tunisian authorities.

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