Egypt hosts conference to tackle Libya crisis

A building on fire, which witnesses say was hit by a rocket, burns after clashes between rival militias in the Sarraj district in Tripoli August 23, 2014.

A building on fire, which witnesses say was hit by a rocket, burns after clashes between rival militias in the Sarraj district in Tripoli August 23, 2014.

Egypt on Monday hosted a meeting of foreign ministers of Libya and its neighbors, as Islamist militias openly challenge the legitimacy of parliament after seizing Tripoli’s airport.

The meeting in Cairo on Monday included the foreign ministers of Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad and Niger, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

The grouping last met in July when it called for political dialogue and the formation of a council to follow the crisis in Libya.

As fire destroyed the terminal at Tripoli’s main airport on Sunday, unidentified war planes also attacked targets in the capital, Reuters reported residents as saying.

Tripoli residents heard jets followed by explosions at dawn but more details were not immediately available.

On Sunday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi denied that his country’s air force was involved in striking Islamist militias in Libya, in an interview with a local newspaper.

“There were no Egyptian war planes in Libya, and no Egyptian plane has executed any military operation inside Libya,” he said.

 
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