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Libyan gov't condemns clashes in Benghazi as "coup"

English.news.cn   2014-05-18 04:31:28            
 •  Libya top officials issued a joint statement to the Benghazi violence as the militant leader's "coup."
 •  Libya's PM, parliament speaker and army high command issued the statement on Saturday night.
 •  Also on Saturday the Libyan interim gov't set up a no-fly zone in an attempt to restrain Haftar's air forces.


BENGHAZI, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Libya's top officials on Saturday issued a joint statement to denounce the violence in Benghazi as the militant leader's "coup" for illegal pursuit of personal gains, according to parliament website.

Libya's prime minister, parliament speaker and army high command issued the statement on Saturday night against former Major General Khalifa Haftar's offensive maneuvers towards Benghazi.

The interim parliament's General National Congress website published the statement, saying the violence in Benghazi is to " pursue Haftar's personal gains and turn against the state legitimacy." It called on Benghazi citizens to stay away from " those who are staging the coup."

Haftar, a retired major general, led his self-proclaimed " national army" into Libya's second largest city Benghazi at dawn on Friday, shelling many Islamist militant bases, including Ansar Al-Sharia's and February 17 Brigade's compound, leaving at least 37 people dead and about 140 wounded.

He claimed his maneuvers were to purge the city from " terrorists", but the interim government defined it as a "coup" and asked him to exercise self-control and "resist any temptation to intrude."

Also on Saturday the Libyan interim government set up a no-fly zone in an attempt to restrain Haftar's air forces after he threatened to launch more air strikes.

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Editor: Bi Mingxin
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