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If Sirte falls under the GNA control, Egypt will invade Libya – expert

CAIRO, (BM) – Ashraf Sinjar, a professor of international politics at Port Said University, said on Monday that “Egypt is a rational force and does not want hostilities, and the international community understands its position”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing AMN.

Read more: 24/7 BulgarianMilitary.com – All about Libyan civil war

However, the professor said that should the Turkish-backed forces, led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), capture the strategic port-city of Sirte, Egypt will not stand idly by.

The professor said, as reported by Sputnik Arabic, that Egypt’s red line is at the city of Sirte; this is something that has also been corroborated by Cairo’s leadership.

He pointed out that Egypt has a military force to be reckoned with, and a force from outside the Mediterranean will not be able to threaten its security.

On Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi announced that Cairo has the “international legitimacy” to intervene inside of Libya.

His statement was met by heavy criticism from the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, as they claimed Sisi’s comments were a “declaration of war.”

Earlier today we reported that an Egyptian Air Force F-16C / D fighters flew jointly with UAE Airbus A330-243MRTT tanker aircraft in Libyan airspace. This was announced in his Twitter account by journalist and military analyst Babak Taghvaee.

According to reports, they [Egyptian Air Force – ed.] may have invaded the country and carried out attacks against the forces of the Government of National Accord [GNA] in Misrata together with Russian-made fighters of the Air Force of the Libyan National Army [LNA] Su-24M.

Libyan civil war

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

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