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updated 9:43 AM UTC, Dec 29, 2017

Comment by the Information and Press Department on escalation in Libya

The military and political situation in Libya has become more aggravated recently. Specifically, it was reported that on January 3 militants in 12 vehicles attempted to seize the Sidra oil port 370 km from Benghazi. On January 7 terrorists attacked a coast guard training centre in Zliten (160 km from Tripoli), a brutal act which resulted in over 80 deaths and tens of injured. On the same day, another suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint near Ra's Lanuf (350 km from Benghazi), the location of a large oil refining plant.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Moscow strongly condemns these criminal acts and would like to express its sympathy with the Libyan people. We confirm that urgent and coordinated international efforts are necessary to destroy the terrorist threat in Libya and the Middle East.

The intense extremist activity in Libya proves the urgency of fulfilling UN SC Resolution 2259 (2015), which is aimed at restoring the rule of law across the entire Libyan territory, carrying out an efficient fight against terrorism and repairing the country’s economy..

January 9, 2016


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