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Turkey urges Haftar forces to release its citizens

Turkey urges Haftar forces to release its citizens
Six Turkish citizens held by illegal militia loyal to East Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar

By Gozde Bayar

ANKARA (AA)- Turkish Foreign Ministry on Sunday expected immediate release of six Turkish citizens held by East Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar forces.

“Holding six Turkish citizens in Libya by illegal militia loyal to [Khalifa] Haftar is an act of banditry, piracy,” said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

It added that Turkey expects immediate release of its citizens, and otherwise, Haftar elements would become legitimate target.

Libya has remained beset by turmoil since 2011 when a bloody NATO-backed uprising led to the ouster and death of long-serving President Muammar Gaddafi after more than four decades in power.

Since then, Libya’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of power -- one in Tobruk and another in Tripoli -- and a host of heavily armed militia groups.

source: News Feed
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